Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor rejected the chance to leave Tottenham Hotspur a number of times before the close of the summer transfer window.
The forward turned down advances from a host of clubs, namely Aston Villa, amidst demands that Tottenham paid him off before he departed the club.
However, reports as per the Telegraph have revealed that Adebayor's decision to remain with Mauricio Pochettino's side ultimately came down to the striker's need for a sign from God as to where his future lies.
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The report claims Adebayor consulted his pastor over the odds of leaving Tottenham for Villa Park at the end of July when Aston Villa tabled an offer.
The 31-year-old striker completed a medical and was even pictured in a Villains jersey before back-tracking on the deal.
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It is alleged that the pastor advised Adebayor to await upon a favorable sign from God that the move to the Midlands would be the correct step, forcing the Togolese to stall on the deal.
After the switch failed to materialise, Spurs, in a last-ditch effort to see the back of the striker, agreed to cancel the final year of his £100,000-a-week contract on deadline day.
The agreement would have seen Adebayor join a new club as a free agent.
The 2008 African Footballer of the Year winner initially rejected Tottenham’s offer, insisting that he receive £5 million upfront - the total sum of his remaining contract in full.
Spurs, however, turned down his expensive demands and instead offered to pay his wages until he found a new club and supplement any deficit incurred by playing elsewhere.
West Ham then stepped in to propose a loan switch to Upton Park but the striker failed to turn up for a scheduled medical.
With everything now in limbo, Adebayor won't be able to sign for another club until January and will continue to receive his £100,000-a-week salary until such time, while it also seems that he won't see a second of game time under the north Londoners.
The relationship between manager and player has never been worse and is reported to be in ruins and unsalvageable. Pochettino has made it known in no uncertain terms that there is no place for Adebayor in his team.