Emmanuel Adebayor has been reported by the Telegraph as having rejected a move from Tottenham Hotspur to Aston Villa on the advice of his pastor.
Spurs have been trying for some time to get Adebayor off their payroll. They offered to cancel the rest of his £100,000 a weekcontract so that he could find a new club. Adebayor said he would only accept their offer if he was paid up front and in full, which would have been around £5m. Spurs were only happy to pay him until he found a new club.
His former Spurs manager, Tim Sherwood, now at Aston Villa, was hoping to sign the Togo international striker. And Adebayor completed a medical at Villa, posed for pictures in their shirt, then consulted his pastor and decided against moving to the Birmingham club.
It was not entirely clear why Adebayor was consulting a pastor, as a video circulated a few weeks ago purpotedly showing him converting to Islam.
With him now training with the youth team and having annoyed his employers at Spurs, it would take divine intervention for Adebayor to see first team football in the year left on his contract, unless someone comes for him in the January transfer window.