For the third successive season, Emmanuel Adebayor will turn up at Spurs in September, without having played a game for the club in pre-season.
Linked with an exit from White Hart Lane, Adebayor could yet turn into a crucial player for Tottenham in 2013/2014 as he vies for a place up front with Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe.
The Togo hitman was given compassionate leave due to the death of his brother and despite being linked with Schalke, remains one of the best paid players at Tottenham.
Adebayor gave his first public thoughts on a traumatic summer personally to All Africa.com, where he confirmed that he never thought about leaving Spurs and seems fired up for the coming campaign.
On his pre-season absence, Adeabyor said: “You know in the life of every footballer there are always ups and downs but I ‘m not complaining, thank you God. You know all started well in the preseason. We flew to Hong Kong for the course and there I learned the news of the death of my brother. So my morale took a hit. So I went back for the funeral. I had a very difficult time after. When I went back to Tottenham, I talked to the coach and he told me that I was not ready yet for the pro group. I had to go to work in reserve for two to three weeks to regain my confidence, my sense of goal, etc… And I complied with his advice. That’s why I ‘m still not on the bridge at the beginning of the season.”
Adebayor denies this was a punishment from Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas: “Not at all. I ‘m not at a training center to get punished by my coach. There has been no argument; I did not hit him either so I do not see why he will punish me. It ‘s been 11 years I have been practicing professional football so as I was saying earlier, my brother ‘s death was a blow to me in recent weeks, but since I found my spirits. I’m going back to London in a few days and I will find my feelings and my place in the group. God willing, I will be able to enjoy my pleasure, my family, those who love me, etc. . . .”
On competition for places at Tottenham, Adebayor added: “There are stats that speak for man in football. Today I will not tell you that I ‘m stronger than Soldado or Defoe or Lamela. Type in google you will see the goals I’ve scored in my career and what he has also achieved. So me I do not watch all these considerations. I know what I should do and what is on the ground. At the moment and I repeat, the death of my brother was a heavy blow. God thank you I’m fine now. We are now 4 in the attack, I do not know who ranks first, second or third but I know at the end I will be the first and it is the most important.”
The Togo hitman also denied he ever thought of leaving Spurs: “I decided with my manager, even before the start of the transfer window that I would not leave Tottenham and that’s what I did. I have never thought of leaving the Spurs. I am here, my family feels great here and I do not see myself in another city.”