Emmanuel Adebayor rejected by Lyon for smoking and drinking during talks

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There are many ways to impress a new manager.

Putting in extra hours in training, an extra special shift on the pitch, or even just showing the right attitude can all earn brownie points for players looking for a transfer.

Then there are the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor. Having been released by Crystal Palace at the end of last season after scoring a grand total of one goal, the striker finally looked like he was getting back on track with a move to Lyon.


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The Togo international flew over to France for talks, only to be rejected by the Ligue 1 club. Sounds a little harsh. However, it always seemed like there was more than met the eye to this story, and it was obvious that somewhere along the line, Adebayor would have done something to irk Lyon boss Bruno Genesio.

Hilariously, Genesio has now revealed exactly what that was, via the Sun.

“We had a place in our squad for Manu, so I arranged to meet him for a coffee in Lyon," he explained.

“But, to my surprise, when he arrived he asked for a shot of whisky in his coffee. He also had a cigarette hanging out of his mouth."

What?! Why, Emmanuel, would you think that was appropriate? Even in non-football job interviews, it's probably best not to smoke and drink whisky, but this is literally beyond belief.

No room for Ade

“In short, the interview began badly," Genesio added.

"I had been ready to listen to him, as this was a guy who had played for Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

“But what followed confirmed my first impression that there was no room for him at our club.”

At this rate, it may well be that there is no room for him at any club. An impressive CV including stints at Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Tottenham isn't going to help him after these latest antics, and at 32 years old, time's running out for him to be given another of his countless chances.

Is Adebayor finished? Would he be a good signing for a smaller Premier League club? Have your say in the comments. 

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