In a message that won't help Emmanuel Adebayor's ploy to depart Manchester City, Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has informed manager José Mourinho not to bother with the Togolese striker.
After joining City from Arsenal for £25m in July 2009, Adebayor failed to make a direct impact at Eastlands, before quickly falling down the pecking order at the oil-rich Premiership club.
The 27-year-old soon faced a new challenge though, as he was loaned to Madrid to fill in for the injured Gonzalo Higuaín.
Despite helping Madrid capture the Copa del Rey back in April - their first domestic cup since 1993 (and Adebayor's first trophy in his professional career) - Mourinho continues to hold back on a permanent deal.
Having just spent £4.5m on striker José María Callejón from Espanyol, Ronaldo has decided to give his two cents.
The 26-year-old said: "We don't need to sign another forward. I think we should be happy with the line-up as it already is."
Cristiano Ronaldo in a Manchester United shirt, before his move to Spain
I have to agree with Ronaldo. Not only is Adebayor immensely overrated, but he is troublesome, overpaid and spoilt - several words that go hand-in-hand with the majority of professional soccer players, especially those of Manchester City.
City manager Roberto Mancini recently left Adebayor out of the club's pre-season tour of the United States, instead 'informing' him to train with the reserves. The lack of face-to-face communication infuriated the Togo international, who opted to train on his own.
"This is very hurtful and insulting and says a lot about Manchester City," he told The Sun newspaper.
"On the one hand they want to become the biggest, most successful club in the world, yet the people who run the club are not acting in that way at all.
"No one at City is man enough to speak to me face-to-face to explain. I just received an email from Brian Marwood's secretary, a lady at the club called Claire, telling me to report for training on July 9.
"But when I spoke to the other players, I found out the first team was leaving for the pre-season tour of the USA on July 8.
"So it's clear they don't want me here but no one even called. Brian Marwood just got his secretary to send me an email. And I heard this was the same with at least six other players.
"But I can tell them this. I will not be turning up on July 9 to train with the reserves. No chance. I will train on my own."
Tottenham Hotspur have shown interest in Adebayor, who still has 3 years remaining on his £175,000-a-week contract at City. While it has been reported that Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has offered winger Aaron Lennon in exchange for the striker, his wages will need to be drastically slashed should he move to White Hart Lane.
Meanwhile, City captain Carlos Tévez - another striker looking to move away from Manchester - is due to report back to training on Thursday. After several deals failed to materialize - again due to monetary matters - Tévez remains a City player just over a week before they face cross-town rivals and his former club, Manchester United.
And if all that isn't enough for Mancini to swallow, it appears that Mario Balotelli has learnt a lot from Tévez. That's right, he doesn't like Manchester either. Although the controversial Italian striker loves the squad and the coach, he's joins the long list of players who have failed to fall in love with the city. Remember Robinho?
So, how long until new signing Sergio Agüero submits a transfer request?
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