Emmanuel Adebayor has explained why he “loves” Jose Mourinho, but “hates” Arsene Wenger.
Adebayor worked under both managers at separate times during a storied career, first joining Wenger at Arsenal in 2006.
The striker scored 62 goals in 142 games before leaving for Manchester City in 2009.
He linked up with Mourinho for a brief loan spell at Real Madrid two years later, but looks back on his time under the Portuguese far more fondly.
“Mourinho is the one of the managers I loved and will always love,” he told Turkish TV show Beyond The Game.
“He is one of the [most] honest managers I have met in my career, which is crazy because most of the managers are all kind of like fake.
“As an example, I had a meeting with Arsene Wenger in his office when he told me I had to leave because he doesn’t see my future any more in Arsenal.
“So I didn’t have any other choice than joining Man City which I was very happy to join.
“And the next day when I joined Manchester City I saw him doing a press conference in London saying that I wanted to leave because the money was big and everything and since that day that is where the hate for Arsenal came from.”
Adebayor marked his first appearance against Arsenal with a goal in a 4-2 victory for Manchester City. He celebrated as any grown man would: by sprinting the length of the pitch and sliding on his knees in front of incensed Arsenal fans who literally fell over themselves to tell him how much of a d*ck they thought he was.
“What was going through my head? A prisoner is out. A prisoner is free,” he said of the celebration.
“You bought me for £3m I still have five years of contract and you let me go for £20m more and you are telling me I am the one leaving for money and abusing me.
“You can insult me no problem, but telling me my father washes elephants?
“I am not taking that so it was just to show them that the person you are insulting still has something in his locker.”