Vital Football

Latest Arsenal FC News

Adebayor Agent Begins Damage Limitation

Adebayor Agent Begins Damage Limitation

Adebayor's agent, Stéphane Courbis has begun damage limitation after Manu fell from grace with a majority (though not all) Arsenal fans.

The News Of The World printed quotes in their Sunday paper accredited to Adebayor, some believe them, some don't, but in my opinion, the big striker should be held completely accountable if these quotes are proved to be true.

Courbis began his statement painting Ade as the player we all believed him to be.

"Since the beginning, there has been a love story between Adebayor and Arsenal and his relationship with Wenger is based on trust and respect," Courbis said.

"Emmanuel is a man of heart, not of money. He is not greedy. He is a kid from the street, has sensibilities and is humble. If this was a money problem, then he would have asked to leave. I know that Arsenal`s political position is that they don`t pay high salaries."

But ultimately he exposed himself to be on the exact same agenda as the person (be it Ade or not) whose quotes were printed in the Sunday red top, when he finished by saying, "It is important for Emmanuel that Arsenal show their motivation to keep him, whatever they will decide, the decision will be taken with respect."

I'm sorry, but since Adebayor only signed a new deal only 12 months ago, Arsenal don't need to do a damn thing to keep him, in fact it should be Manu to show Arsenal HIS motivation for the Gunners to keep him.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday July 2 2008
Time: 10:59AM


who can tell truth from lies in the press? If he's here next season, he's our player and we'll support him. If he's gone, than that's that. All of this crap inbetween is just that - crap.
02/07/2008 11:09:00
Too bloody right, but the question for me is whether his position is now untenable. I'm not inclined to boo any player in the red and white, but i fear that will be the reaction if he plays next season, and it will then depend on whether he has the strength of character to play through the boos and endear himself to us again with some good performances, or whether the boos will make him retreat and play badly. I think all that singing of his name has made him think we (the fans) would be happy for the club to pander to his ego - it may be a bit of a rude awakening for him too!
02/07/2008 11:11:00
That's true afri-gooner, we each have to form our own opinions. However if he stays, I doubt that everyone would be fully behind him. Though either a complete denial of the NOTW quotes or a full and frank apology would seal it for me.
02/07/2008 11:12:00
Any damage being limited is only damage that Ade's agent has encouraged in the first place. The only justification for making public the interest from other clubs is the belief that fans will be so outraged at the prospect of losing their star striker that they will create pressure on the club to do the deal the agent wants. Whether that be an improved contract at the club or selling the player at a fee that allows him to get a better contract elsewhere. But it has backfired as fans see the exercise in greed for what it is. As it stands the club appear to be prepared to offer Ade the extended contract that the club are prepared to give or sell him at a fee that they are prepared to accept. Neither scenario will give Ade's agent what he thought possible so now it is time to get real - though in the case of contract negotiations with such a long contract period left silence would have been golden if practised in the first place.
02/07/2008 11:19:00
But Rocky7, he could give a full and frank apology and then totally contradict himself in an interview an hour later, like his shambolic display last friday on Sky Sports. Can we believe a word he (or his agent) say anymore. Trust and respect is a two way thing!
Bradys Chips
02/07/2008 11:22:00
This move seems to have backfired on Ade, and thats good for the club. His quotes, if true, are unacceptable (though I do question their authenticity).
02/07/2008 11:24:00
I keep having changing feelings towards Ade, the first is contempt that he would dare to DEMAND more money and effectively hold the club to ransom, the second is pity for what was intiailly a good player with a humble lifestyle who has been talking into this non-sense by his agent.
02/07/2008 11:25:00
Lol BC - very true!!!
02/07/2008 11:26:00
Well said Amos. Its all down to the player, who gives the agent permission to spout any old rubbish for their clients good (wrong word!). I've posted before on this forum the example Clichy set, by instructing his agent that he doesn't want to hear any gossip with his name in it.
Bradys Chips
02/07/2008 11:26:00
<<>> Well said, Ade and his agent I think, have passed the point of no return and if he ran out onto the pitch at the Emirates again he would no doubt get booed and it would be thoroughly deserved. He needs to be sold for the £30 million reported and we can replace him with someone like Huuntelaar, almost like for like, although he doesn't run as much as Ade he is a more composed finisher.
02/07/2008 11:35:00
Page 1/5
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5

Login to post a comment

Recent Arsenal Articles

Stats: Arsenal v AC Milan

All the stats from Arsenal (3) vs (1) AC Milan, Emirates Stadium, 15/3/18 Att:

Arsenal v AC Milan - Team Sheets

Arsenal are at the Emirates Stadium with AC Milan the visitors today, this is an 8.05pm kick-off - the line-ups have been confirmed.

Who Makes Southgate's Squad For March

England manager Gareth Southgate has now confirmed his squad for the upcoming games in the month of March.

Could Arsenal Star Have Signed A Pre-Contract With AC Milan?

I'm certainly not saying that's the case, but with Jack Wilshere's contract at Arsenal still sitting on the table, it's a strange set of quotes from AC Milan's Gennaro Gattuso.

Arsenal Archived Articles

Vital Arsenal articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Arsenal
Write For Vital Arsenal
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

EL - AC Milan MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Chambers25%
Sub - Elneny0%
Sub - Kolasinac0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Arsenal Results (view all)

Arsenal Fixtures

Vital Football Comment