Adebayor to fight for place
Emmanuel Adebayor insists he will fight to reclaim his starting place at Man City under Roberto Mancini.
Last Updated: 22/08/10 10:40am
Emmanuel Adebayor insists he will fight to reclaim his starting place at Manchester City under Roberto Mancini.
The Togolese striker emerged off the bench in City's season-opener at Tottenham before playing the full 90 minutes in their midweek 1-0 Europa League play-off success over Timisoara.
Adebayor has confirmed he met with Italian Mancini following the goalless draw at White Hart Lane to clarify his position at the club.
The 26-year-old does not know whether he will be staying or going come the January transfer window, insisting that for now he is focusing on regain his starting spot.
"I had a chat with the manager after the Spurs game which was good. But managers can change," he told The People.
"Today they love you and then you think you are going to be moving. I don't want to look too far into the future. Who knows? By January maybe the manager will tell me to leave - or maybe I will ask to leave.
"What is important for me is to have clear focus on playing for City and fighting for my place in the team and that is what I intend to do.
"As a footballer you have lots of difficult times. Being sat on the bench for the first game of the season at Tottenham was tough for me and I admit I was a little bit upset."
Adebayor concedes he has become an "awkward" player to manage after he was involved in a near-death experience when the Togo team bus he was travelling on was ambushed by gunman en route to the African Nations Cup earlier this year.
An assistant coach and the team's press officer - plus a driver - were killed and Adebayor said he has since re-evaluated what was important to him.
He continued: "I have the chance to be alive when I could have been dead after what happened at the Cup of Nations.
"That experience can maybe make me a bit awkward as I know what I want now. My priority from now on is always going to be my family.
"But, you have to fight for your place. I am very happy to be part of this club and I love the challenge of making it at City.
"Now I'm waiting for my chance. I'm playing for one of the big teams in England and all I need now is to be playing games and scoring goals."