African Star: Why I Love Mourinho and Dislike 'Fake' Wenger
African Star: Why I Love Jose Mourinho and Dislike 'Fake' Arsene Wenger
An African star has revealed why he has nothing but respect for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, and why he brands Arsene Wenger as a "fake".
Istanbul Basaksehir forward Emmanuel Adebayor has lifted the lid on why he prefers his six-month stint under the Portuguese tactician at Real Madrid to his time with the Frenchman at Arsenal.
"Mourinho is one of the managers I loved and will always love," the Togo international explained to TRT World's Beyond The Game in Turkey.
"He is one of the (most) honest managers I have met in my career, which is crazy because most of the managers are all kind of like fake.
"As an example, I had a meeting with Arsene Wenger in his office when he told me I had to leave because he doesn't see my future anymore in Arsenal. I have to move on in my life.
"I was like, 'I'm going to stay.' He was like, 'No, there is not even a fight organised. We are not going to organise any fight for you. You move out or you stay here and don't play any games.'
"So I didn't have any other choice than joining Man City, which I was very happy to join.
"And the next day, when I joined Manchester City, I saw him doing a press conference in London saying that I wanted to leave because the money was big and everything, and since that day that is where the hate for Arsenal came from.
"Not the fans because the fans are the first English fans to sing my name in London.
"Even today, when I watch them play, I want them to win but at the same time, I want them to lose because the anger in me is too big."
The 33-year-old also elaborated on why he enjoyed working under Mourinho at Spanish giants Real Madrid.
"Mourinho is a manager that wants to win a trophy no matter what it takes. Even if he has to park the bus, the train or a plane, he just wants to win and will do everything it takes to win," he added.
"He will not sleep. He will work 24 hours to win one game, and Arsene (Wenger) just loves to bring kids in and make them become big players. He is like a teacher."
Adebayor made 142 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 62 goals and assisting a further 22 strikes.
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