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I've got my life back at Spurs - Adebayor

ESPN staff
November 22, 2011
Emmanuel Adebayor feels he has been given the freedom to perform at Tottenham © PA Photos

Emmanuel Adebayor claims Harry Redknapp has given him his life back and is hopeful his wage demands will not scupper a permanent move from Manchester City to Tottenham.

Adebayor endured a torrid time at City last term, eventually securing a loan move to Real Madrid after falling down the pecking order under Roberto Mancini. He failed to secure a permanent move to Spain, allowing Redknapp to step in and bring him to Tottenham on loan.

The Togo forward has impressed at White Hart Lane and reinforced his claims for a permanent move with both goals in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

Adebayor has revealed he is delighted with life under Redknapp and would be happy to stay, but is aware Spurs may struggle to get near his current £170,000 a week wages.

"For me it's always special to have a manager like him," Adebayor said. "He has given me confidence, has given me my life back. He tells me before every game: 'Adebayor - go out there, you know what you can do, just enjoy your football. If you can score goals, score goals, make assists, keep doing your thing,' and that's it."

Adebayor's current wages would shatter Tottenham's pay structure, but the forward would appear reluctant to take a pay cut.

"We all play football to gain money," Adebayor said. "I am from Africa and I have to give something back to my community. I have been doing a lot of charity stuff.

"I am using my wages to do it and I will keep doing it until the end of my career so for me I will leave that (negotiations) to Harry Redknapp, chairman (Daniel) Levy, and (City chairman) Khaldoon (Al Mubarak) to find a solution between themselves."

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