Strike pair give Man City insight
Craig Bellamy and Emmanuel Adebayor have given insights into their respective problems at Manchester City.
Bellamy has revealed he expects to "do very little" at Manchester City this season after admitting he and manager Roberto Mancini have not spoken for 18 months.
And Adebayor has accused the club’s hierarchy of not being "man enough" to tell him he is not wanted.
Bellamy claims his career prospects at Eastlands stalled within days of Mancini being installed as successor to Mark Hughes in December 2009.
He claimed: "At present I expect to go back there and stay the whole year. And if Mancini is still there I’ll probably do very little. Obviously I won’t be involved with him and the first team.
"It was tough (when Hughes left) – it was like losing someone. It was probably as bad as losing a family member in some ways. I even struggled to eat for a few days.
"It was a totally different structure which affected me completely. Mancini told me to stay with the team all the time. We had longer training sessions, but with no intensity whatsoever.
"He seemed to know my knee better than I knew it myself. He tried to explain why I had problems with it and what I should do about it. When I told him my knee was hurting, he tried to tell me it wasn’t.
"Mancini wanted me to come in another day and do some work – but I told him I’d finished my work that day, that I was keeping to my own schedule.
"That was when he started about my programme, that I couldn’t follow my own schedule while he was the manager – and that I had to do what he was telling me.
"He said ‘if you don’t you can go back home now. And don’t come in again’. I replied ‘okay, no problem, I’m going home then’. That was a week after he’d arrived – and then he never spoke to me again."
Bellamy, who has a year remaining on his City contract, spent last season on loan at hometown club Cardiff but does not want another loan move, preferring a permanent move away from Eastlands.
He continued in the Daily Telegraph: "If they pay me the final year of my wages, then I’m sure I can go wherever I want. In that case my first option would be Cardiff."
Adebayor only joined the club from Arsenal for £25million two years ago, but was frozen out at Eastlands last season and ended the campaign on loan at Real Madrid.
After expecting to link up with Mancini and the rest of his squad for pre-season, the 27-year-old now claims he has been omitted from the club’s tour of America, but was only told by football director Brian Marwood’s secretary.
He said in the Sun: "This is very hurtful and insulting and says a lot about Manchester City.
"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."
Adebayor has been linked with a move to Tottenham, as well as a permanent return to Madrid.