Inevitable City Exit For Adebayor And Given

Emmanuel Adebayor is almost certain to leave Manchester City at the earliest opportunity after his relationship with Roberto Mancini finally boiled over this week. The Togo striker had to be restrained by players and staff after bursting into the Italian's training ground office with proof of a torn muscle, an injury Mancini had initially brushed off as nothing more than a dead leg. Former Arsenal man Adebayor was dismayed to his boss thought he was feigning injury. He hasn't featured for City since coming on as a substitute in the defeat by Sunderland last month and claimed on the eve of transfer deadline day that he would welcome a move away.

"It all kicked off between them. There is nothing worse than a manager accusing a player of feigning an injury. Adebayor might not be playing well, but he would never be so unprofessional. He was furious," a City source told the News of the World. This week's incident is not the first time the pair have clashed. Adebayor again had to be calmed by City staff after he was dropped from the side on the opening day of the season at Tottenham. He is one in a long line of players who were bought in by former boss Mark Hughes and have struggled to adapt since the Welshman was replaced by Mancini almost a year ago. Real Madrid are keen on Adebayor, with Jose Mourinho making tentative approaches in the summer.

Meanwhile, Newcastle are set to ask the Premier League for permission to re-sign Shay Given in an emergency loan deal after Roberto Mancini confirmed the goalkeeper is free to leave Manchester City. A shoulder injury to Steve Harper has ruled him out for up to three months and left Newcastle short of cover for youngster Tim Krul. They want to bring Given back to Tyneside where he spent 12 years before joining City for £8million in February 2009.

Given revealed his frustration at losing his place to Joe Hart, saying, "If I’m flying around like Clark Kent all week I still won’t play on a Saturday — that can be demoralising. I wouldn’t mind where a loan was." Although the 34-year-old could play his first game of the season in the Carling Cup at West Bromwich on Wednesday, Mancini confirmed that he will not stand in his way. "If he wants to leave he can. If he decided to leave he could have left a month ago. Now we must wait until January,’ said Mancini.

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