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Mancini urges Adebayor to leave

Emmanuel Adebayor has been told he will not play for Manchester City this season.

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Roberto Mancini has taken a hardline stance with the striker as he attempts to get him to reduce his wage demands and complete a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur.

The two clubs agreed a £5.5 million fee for the Togolese, who spent last season on loan at White Hart Lane, but Adebayor - who has earned £170,000 a week at the Etihad Stadium - has been reluctant to accept a lower salary.

Adebayor has been omitted from the squad for City's pre-season friendlies whereas Roque Santa Cruz, who is also for sale, has been allowed to get match fit as Mancini has tried to force Adebayor to leave.

"I am sorry for Adebayor because he has no chance at City," the manager said. "He has absolutely no chance of playing this season here so, for us, it's important he can find a good solution."

Adebayor cost City £26 million when he joined from Arsenal in 2009.

Meanwhile, Mancini's assistant David Platt has said he believes Carlos Tevez is back to his best after the Argentine scored a stunning goal in the Community Shield victory over Chelsea.

Tevez, 28, went AWOL from City for four months after a spat with Mancini over his role as a substitute against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, returning towards the end of the season to help City claim the title.

Many had predicted that he would move on over the summer, with AC Milan reported to be a likely destination, but Platt said: "Carlos has worked ever so hard in pre-season. Since he has come back in, he has really attacked his work and not had one day off.

"His goal was one of those you can remember him doing two years ago. He ducks inside, he goes away from people. That's what he's been missing and it was there again.

"A lot was said and done last year. Everybody has got to hold their hands up and say mistakes were made. But Carlos is a very good player, and he is playing for Manchester City."

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