Adebayor refutes reports over failed Lyon move

Swedish player gets injured during substitution, leaves pitch immediately

Emmanuel Adebayor has denied recent media reports claiming he failed to agree terms with Ligue 1 side Lyon due to his unreasonable contract demands.

French media claimed the Togo international was smoking cigarettes and asked for whiskey to be to added to his coffee during his meeting with Lyon manager Bruno Genesio – while demanding 'a private helicopter to take him to training, hiring celebrated chef Joël Robuchon as his personal cook and a villa with a swimming pool that has a view of Corsica'.

The unverified story published by a spoof website in France was picked up by several British media publications, and the 32-year-old striker feels they were trying to tarnish his name.

"Usually I do not comment on any transfer negotiations or speculation but this time certain matters need to be cleared up," he told The Guardian.

"Lyon wanted to sign me and offered to pay for a private jet from Togo to bring me to Lyon in order for me to sign ahead of their game against Marseille. The contract was all agreed and I was merely flying in to complete a medical and sign the paperwork.

"Unfortunately I could not get there in time to be registered for their game and they signed another young striker instead.

"They still asked if I could come and speak to the manager and director of football in order to establish if it would be possible to sign us both," the former Arsenal striker added.

"We all had a perfectly amicable meeting in Lyon but the coach felt it was not fair on the young player's development to sign us both and I felt I would not get the requisite game time I needed to make this opportunity worthwhile.

"For the avoidance of doubt I only drank water at this meeting and did not ask for whisky or have a cigarette."

Despite the unsuccessful spell last season with Crystal Palace, the veteran forward has am impressive record in the English Premier League, having bagged 97 goals and 44 assists in 242 games.

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