Emmanuel Adebayor had apparently already had his picture taken holding the Aston Villa kit when he decided against the move to the midlands on the advice of his pastor according to a report from the Telegraph. It's worth simply reading the quote, so here you go:
"The 31-year-old had been close to joining Aston Villa at the end of July, but stunned Villa officials when, having completed a medical and posed for pictures in the club's shirt, he stalled on the deal by claiming that he wanted a sign from God that it would be the correct move.
Adebayor is understood to have then consulted his pastor over the prospect of moving to the Midlands before finally deciding against the switch, much to the frustration of Villa manager Tim Sherwood."
It's worth keeping in mind that Adebayor has had a tumultuous year, dealing with crises in his family and only recently converted to Islam. In such a position it's hardly surprising that a trusted member of the clergy would have plenty of influence on him.
It's a shame to think that Villa were thisclose to making the move, but there are obviously some issues that Adebayor needs to sort out. It's increasingly evident that a move to Villa would have been the wrong decision for both the player and the club.
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