Emmanuel Adebayor declared ‘ready to play’ for Real Madrid
Manchester City striker passes medical ahead of his loan move to Real Madrid for the rest of the season
Emmanuel Adebayor could be thrown straight in to the Real Madrid team after he passed a medical ahead of his loan move to the Bernabeu.
The Manchester striker, 26, travelled to Madrid to finalise a loan switch for the rest of the season and Real’s medical staff said he is ready for action after he underwent tests on Wednesday.
“He is a physical marvel,” said Carlos Diez, Real Madrid’s chief of medical services. “He is in very good physical condition and will be able to immediately be incorporated into the team.”
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has been on the lookout for a striker to boost his attacking options after Gonzalo HiguaÃƒÂn was ruled out for at least three months following back surgery leaving Karim Benzema to lead the attack.
The loan deal for Adebayor includes an option for the La Liga club to sign the striker on a permanent basis in the summer, and the Togolese forward is understood to have taken a pay cut in order to seal his move to Spain.
He has scored 19 goals since moving to Eastlands from Arsenal in 2009 and despite enjoying a promising start to his City career, has fallen out of favour under Roberto Mancini.
The Manchester City manager, however, is confident Adebayor will enjoy a fruitful spell in the Spanish capital.
“He will be with Real Madrid for the next five months and I hope he plays often and scores a lot of goals,” said Mancini. “La Liga is a very good league to play in and I’m sure he will enjoy his time in Spain and playing alongside players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka.”