Emmanuel Adebayor has blasted the administration of Manchester City, accusing them of not being “man enough” to formally explain that he is not wanted.
The Togo striker joined the club from Arsenal for £25 million two years ago but was frozen out at Eastlands last season.
Adebayor spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Real Madrid.
After expecting to link up with manager Roberto Mancini and the rest of his squad for pre-season, the 27-year-old now claims he has been omitted from the club’s tour of the United States, but was only told by football director Brian Marwood’s secretary.
He said in the Sun : “This is very hurtful and insulting and says a lot about Manchester City.
“On the one hand they want to become the biggest, most successful club in the world, yet the people who run the club are not acting in that way at all. No-one at City is man enough to speak to me face-to-face to explain.
“I just received an email from Brian Marwood’s secretary, a lady at the club called Claire, telling me to report for training on July 9. But when I spoke to the other players, I found out the first team was leaving for the pre-season tour of the USA on July 8.
“So it’s clear they don’t want me here but no one even called. Brian Marwood just got his secretary to send me an email. And I heard this was the same with at least six other players”