With the race for Robin Van Persie now seemingly a one horse one, many pundits have been wondering just why megabucks Manchester City, the club first linked with the Dutchman are seemingly no longer contenders for his signature.
Some have put it down to City’s Brian Marwood dragging his heels with the deal, while others have claimed it’s more to do with the Premier League Champions needing to cut their wage bill. The answer may lie in Van Persie’s former teammate Emmanuel Adebayor. The above picture is taken from a Premier League clash at Eastlands back in 2009 where Adebayor stamped on his former colleague’s face, in a vicious unprovoked attack which resulted in a four match ban once the footage was examined by the FA.
The attack left RVP sporting a bloody face.
Following the incident Van Persie issued a statement where he noted:
R20;He [Adebayor] set out to hurt me. I do feel lucky that I have not received a greater injury. I knew he was aiming for a collision because he changed the angle of his body to allow contact to be made.
R20;The contact was only centimetres from my eye. I have not received an apology from him, there were no words exchanged afterwards. He had his own agenda today and that is bad for football. It’s bad for the game we all love.
R20;I, too, have made hard and sometimes mistimed challenges but never with the intention of hurting an opponent.
R20;He has shown a real lack of class, to me and the fans. We do not hide from the disappointment of losing the match but I need to speak out about his behaviour.”
Adebayor’s proposed move to Spurs has fallen through due to strikers wage demands and you have to wonder whether Van Persie thought the idea of sharing a dressing room with him, was something he just couldn’t entertain. Just a thought……