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Brian Marwoood warns Man City duo Robinho and Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor
Adebayor joined City from Arsenal for 25m in July 2009

Unsettled Manchester City pair Emmanuel Adebayor and Robinho have been told to "remain professional" by the club's football administrator, Brian Marwood.

Striker Adebayor has warned he could quit Eastlands if he does not play regularly this season, while forward Robinho has stated his desire to leave.

But Marwood said: "They have a contract and they have certain obligations."

Marwood, meanwhile, revealed "a couple of clubs have shown an interest" in Robinho but "nothing has developed".

Brazilian star Robinho this week turned down a move to Turkish club Fenerbahce, with the 26-year-old quoted as saying he would prefer a switch to Italy or Spain.

But with the 31 August transfer deadline looming, time is running out for the wantaway star, who appears not to be part of City manager Roberto Mancini's first-team plans having not yet played this season.

"If he stays beyond the deadline he will be part of the 25," stated Marwood of the player who spent the second half of last season on loan at Santos after failing to shine in England since his much-hyped £32.5m arrival from Real Madrid in September 2008.

Togolese striker Adebayor, meanwhile, senses his starts could be limited this season after being named on the substitutes' bench for City's first two Premier League games.

The 26-year-old said on Talksport: "If you're in a team and you're not playing and there is a team that comes in for me, then I will definitely be on my way out."

Adebayor did start in the two Europa League wins against Timisoara.

Mancini used Tevez as his central striker for the 0-0 opening day Premier League draw with Tottenham, with Adebayor coming on for the last seven minutes as a substitute.


In Monday's 3-0 win over Liverpool, Mancini again opted to start Carlos Tevez and used Brazilian striker Jo as a second-half replacement, leaving former Arsenal man Adebayor as an unused substitute.

"The season is going to be very long and very difficult for myself," stated Adebayor. "I'm a footballer and have to keep going and not give up. I need to keep fighting for myself and enjoying my football.

"So if I don't have a chance to play here there will be a lot of chance to play somewhere else. If they force you out then you always have to follow your destiny."

Adebayor joined City from Arsenal for £25m in July 2009 but he could be pushed further down the pecking order when Manchester City travel to Sunderland on Sunday if City's new £24m signing Mario Balotelli returns from a knee injury.

Wales striker Craig Bellamy has already moved to Cardiff on loan after losing his place at Eastlands, while Robinho and Paraguay forward Roque Santa Cruz also look set to leave.

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see also
Robinho rejects Fenerbahce switch
25 Aug 10 |  Man City
Man City's juggling act
20 Aug 10 |  Man City
Man City 2-0 Timisoara (agg 3-0)
26 Aug 10 |  Europe
Man City 3-0 Liverpool
23 Aug 10 |  Premier League
FC Timisoara 0-1 Man City
19 Aug 10 |  Europe
Tottenham 0-0 Man City
14 Aug 10 |  Premier League
Adebayor finalises Man City move
18 Jul 09 |  Man City
Man City beat Chelsea to Robinho
01 Sep 08 |  Man City

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