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Zabaleta says Real Madrid signing Adebayor never had chance under Man City boss Mancini

Pablo Zabaleta says Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini drove Emmanuel Adebayor out of the club.

Togo strike star Adebayor, 26, yesterday completed a loan move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

And Zabaleta told The Sun: "I think the situation was becoming difficult as in the last few games he wasn't even in the squad as City signed Edin Dzeko. Mancini was counting on Dzeko as a striker.

"In a way the situation of Adebayor was a bit strange, coming to training every day but then not being in the squad. For a player of his quality it was difficult."

Adebayor, who joined from Arsenal in a £25million switch just 18 months ago, proved a massive flop having scored just one league goal this season.

Zabaleta added: "He didn't have a lot of time on the pitch. The way Mancini plays, Carlos Tevez is the only striker in the team but that is working well."

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