Free agent Emmanuel Adebayor has labelled Lyon’s decision to pull the plug on his proposed move to the club as “nonsense”.
The Togo striker had seemed on the verge of signing for Lyon until the Ligue 1 club pulled out, citing the 32-year-old’s forthcoming participation in the Africa Cup of Nations and his ineligibility to play in the Champions League group stages.
“They said that? That’s nonsense,” Adebayor told L’Equipe when to comment on Lyon’s decision. “They came to me after we had qualified, so they knew I was going to play.
“If they start looking for such excuses, they will kill themselves. I’m the captain of my country, so how could I not go? What if a Frenchman refused to play in the Euros?
“Lyon spoke to Claude Le Roy, my coach with Togo, and they didn’t ask for special treatment. This was absolutely never a reason there was no deal.
“Terms were agreed on Tuesday. I thought it was just a medical then to sign.
“I found out [they had pulled out] on Saturday morning. Le Roy told me he had seen it in L’Equipe. I called my agent who more or less confirmed it to me.”