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Adebayor has pop at Man City boss Mancini

Emmanuel Adebayor is hoping his loan deal with Real Madrid will be made permanent as he cannot see himself returning and playing for boss Roberto Mancini at Manchester City "There is a huge difference between Mancini and Mourinho," the Togo Star told the News of the World.

"Jose has personality, character and he's not afraid to talk to you, whoever you are.

"At City I didn't exist. Mancini didn't talk to me and people had forgotten about me.

"But then you hear Real Madrid want you and it lifted me immediately. I thought, 'Okay, this means I am a good player'."

Adebayor feels his confidence was shattered under Mancini.

"I needed the manager to help me become a better player, but he was always criticising me," he said.

"Mancini had no confidence in me at all. For him, whatever I did was wrong.

"I remember scoring a hat-trick but he said I should have scored more. I tried a few times to talk to him man to man, but he never explained why he didn't like me."

Adebayor also revealed that captain Carlos Tevez was at loggerheads with Mancini.

"Whenever Mancini asked our opinions and we gave them he still wouldn't listen. He always thought he was right," he continued.

"Carlos is the main man, the captain. He is the powerful man, the talisman. And if he is complaining that means there must be something wrong.

"We have some very strong characters at the club and some very powerful players - Micah Richards, Patrick Vieira, Nigel de Jong, Vincent Kompany and Gareth Barry, they are all tough.

"But the training wasn't strict enough and not well organised.

"Sometimes we'd stop after 20 minutes and then those of us who were not in Mancini's starting 11 would be made to stand on the side and watch for the next 45 minutes.

"I had never seen anything like it before in my life, not at Monaco, not at Arsenal and not here at Real Madrid.

"At those clubs you trained whether you played or not. But at City sometimes even the players who would be on the bench for the next game didn't train.

"I started to think I was not a good footballer and the doubt was instilled. After that I was more than depressed, I was gone.

"Whenever I came to training I was in a bad mood, I didn't want to train. My confidence was hit hard.

"At City I didn't exist. Mancini didn't talk to me and people had forgotten about me.

"I had a fantastic relationship with previous manager Mark Hughes, but Mancini had no confidence in me at all.

"Sometimes you see someone and you get the feeling that person doesn't care. It can be the most beautiful lady in the world, but you just don't like that person.

"And I think that was the relationship between Mancini and me.

"I guess I was not the type of player he wanted. He preferred Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko and I respect his decision.

"I was a hero in my first season at City, but then I found myself in a very difficult position. When those two strikers arrived I said to myself, 'At least I will be in the squad'.

"I'm not saying I'm the best player in the world but, to be honest, their record on the pitch is not better than mine.

"But sometimes I wasn't involved at all and that is when I told myself, 'Something is wrong'."

Adebayor is still hoping they win the FA Cup final next weekend.

"I have won the Spanish Cup this season with Real and it would be a fantastic year for me if Manchester City can win the FA Cup, too," he said.

"I wish Mancini the best of luck. I still have a lot of friends at City: Joleon Lescott, De Jong, Vinnie (Vincent Kompany), Micah, Shaun Wright-Phillips, while Vieira is like a big brother to me.

"I speak to them on the phone all the time and they all went to Patrick's house to watch our cup final victory over Barcelona.

"I phoned them after they beat Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final and congratulated them. I am very happy for them.

"Now they are 90 minutes from winning a trophy. If I could be at Wembley with them on the day I would do that with pleasure."

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