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Adebayor to sign a new contract

Adebayor to sign a new contract

In an interview broadcast on Arsenal TV today Adebayor has revealed that he will put pen to paper on a new contract with Arsenal 'in a matter of days`.

Adebayor insisted that he had never at anytime told anyone that he would leave Arsenal. Claiming his 'phone was switched off while on holiday he said that he was unaware of much of what had gone on until he arrived back to rejoin the team.

"You can put whatever you want in the papers" he said "There has been a lot of people talking on behalf of Adebayor but I have never said I would leave the club." Adebayor told Arsenal tv.

"I can say that here today. I'm ready to sign a contract. I've very good here, I'm very well here and my heart is with Arsenal. I had three years on my contract and am looking to add one or two more."

In a press conference given earlier in the day Arsene said "The player gets a bad publicity against his own fans for things he has not said. That's sometimes difficult to repair. There's disappointment from the fans because they feel the player wants to go and in this case Adebayor came out to say I want to stay at the club."

Explaining that his relationship with Wenger was still strong Ade assured us "When we started talking about my contract I never told him I'd be leaving this club and he knew my desire. My desire was to stay at this club so for me he's like my father, he's my boss so whatever he tells me I'll do it, so our relationship at the moment is always strong."

While many of the quotes came from third parties including independent agents not directly connected with the player or any of the clubs involved it is clear that some sort of dialogue had been going on between Arsenal and others which at least explored the possibility of Ade going. This though may have been an all too public game of contract brinkmanship between player and club. One which both sides have now decided needs to be repaired.

Immediately post season Wenger was determined to keep the current squad together believing its development would yield even greater success if he could do so. On the basis of that objective this has to be good news for the club. Is there anything for Adebayor to repair with fans? To reach the levels of support he enjoyed last season - yes. But as Ade himself said today, what he did last season is already behind him and what he does next season is all that matters now.

Fans were willing to forget Vieira`s sequence of summer flirtations provided he did the business on the pitch. Ade should expect to be treated no differently.

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Date:Friday August 1 2008
Time: 7:22PM


A spot of damage control before a couple of home games methinks. Originally I came out and said I didn't believe the quotes attributed to him, but it's taken a month to deny them which is not really believable. But like I've said all along, I never thought he wanted to leave, it was contract brinkmanship as you say. I guess we've gotto forget about it now, as we have with Cesc last summer. But really, Arsenal have once again been very, very slow with the PR machine and this all looks quite hollow to me.
Little Dutch
01/08/2008 19:34:00
Oh dear, he's started talking about himself in the third person.
01/08/2008 19:34:00
It seems that Arsene has given him a bit of a talking-to as well, so fair enough. If Arsene still trusts him enough to give him a contract extension, ok then, let's see if the big man is true to his words:
Lou the Gunneress
01/08/2008 19:34:00
I can't wait for Bendtner to score a couple of goals against the good opponents this weekend. This guy has to be put in his place and sweat for his first-team spot which he really thought was automatic and granted last season (he said he was "happy" that no matter what, he's playing - but just RvP & Edu were out and Bendtner was kind of his like-for-like understudy). I had my doubts about the big Dane, but he's impressed me with better performances and work rate so far, this kid really wants to go up the pecking order. Watch out Ade.
Lou the Gunneress
01/08/2008 19:51:00
Fantastic news as far as I'm concerned. Now this drama is over we can all crack on and look forward to the new season. 8-)
01/08/2008 19:52:00
Hmmmm, Ade says he didn't say he wanted to leave yet claims, "I'm glad I've come to a solution to stay at Arsenal." Seriously, who runs Arsenal's PR, a ******** 5 year old? That's pathetic.
Little Dutch
01/08/2008 19:58:00
£30 Million still sounds better
01/08/2008 20:19:00
Is it me or is it impossible to love players with long names? Wright adams henry pires bergkamp............ljungberg grimandi owusu abeyi lauren bisen etene?? see where im coming from
01/08/2008 20:28:00
KingGunner we were never going to get £30million - that was all paper talk. I've no doubt he was tapped up and was tempted to leave, but the tappers were not prepared to pay the high valuation the club placed on him. Arsene obviously preferred to keep him but set a high price so that if he had to sell the profit would help with rebuilding the team. I'm glad he's staying because we've had enough disruption, he does offer us a 'plan B' and he already knows how to play in this team. As long as he continues to work hard (and he'll have to as there is more competition up front this season) then most fans will get past it.
01/08/2008 20:36:00
0,17033,8652_3896559,00.html That didn't take long. Do these tossers ever just contemplate chowing down on a nice big bowl of shut the ***** up?
Little Dutch
01/08/2008 20:48:00
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