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Arsenal fans treated me badly: Adebayor

Manchester City's latest signing Emmanuel Adebayor revealed that his move to Eastlands was not motivated by money and slammed the Arsenal fans for driving him out of the North London club.

world Updated: Aug 10, 2009 13:47 IST

Manchester City's latest signing Emmanuel Adebayor revealed that his move to Eastlands was not motivated by money and slammed the Arsenal fans for driving him out of the North London club.

"They (Arsenal fans) didn't turn on Cesc Fabregas when Barcelona showed interest in him. When a player plays well clubs come in for him," Adebayor was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.

"I scored 30 goals for Arsenal two seasons ago and it was not my fault that Milan, Barcelona or Real Madrid wanted to buy me. The fans never understood that and I cannot understand why the fans went after me. I had played my heart out for that club and gave it my best and the way the fans behaved towards me was not nice at all. I was in the same position as Cesc. Every summer Barcelona tried to sign him, but the fans never turned on him," he added.

Adebayor, who will be paid l50,000 pounds per week at City, said that his decision to move to Manchester was based on his personal goals as a footballer.

"I know a lot of people will be saying 'He went for the money.' However I would like to hear of any man, if he is honest, say he would refuse if he was earning 10 pounds and someone offered 30 pounds," Adebayor said.

"We are all human beings who love what we do. I have signed a very good contract, but now it is about what I am to achieve as a footballer. Every footballer needs a challenge and I have a big challenge in front of me now."

Adebayor also said that he was indebted to manager Arsene Wenger for making him the player he is today and insisted that he never wanted to leave Arsenal. He also admitted that Arsenal wanted to sell him because the club needed money.

"I only ever told him (Wenger) I loved the club and wanted to stay, but I think the club needed money. They had to sell someone and they pointed the finger at myself. Wenger told me they had accepted City's offer and I asked him why - at the end of the day I found out that Arsenal needed the money and that I was the target. I never wanted to leave but now it's all behind me and it is about what I am going to do with City." he said.