Adebayor could have left Tottenham

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Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that Emmanuel Adebayor was given permission to leave Tottenham during the transfer window.

However, the Togo striker decided to remain at White Hart Lane until January at least. Turkish outfit Besiktas were heavily linked with a move for Adebayor, while Schalke were also credited with interest.

Adebayor has been on compassionate leave since the pre-season tournament in Hong Kong following the death of his brother and will train with the Tottenham development side upon his return next week.

“There were opportunities for him to leave,” AVB told a press conference.

“But he was not interested in them. We presented the player and his agents the situations we were presented with.”

Harry Redknapp was keen to take Adebayor on loan to QPR, but a move did not materialise.

“He can’t go on loan in the Premier League, he can only go into the Championship but, whether he’d want to do that, it would be difficult I think,” AVB added.

“At the moment Ade is not with us, because we have granted him authorisation to stay up until Monday in his country for personal reasons, so he’s not going to be involved against Norwich [on Saturday],” Villas-Boas added.

“Up to when I find it appropriate, he will train with the development team.

“He was a couple of weeks late in relation to the rest of the team, bearing in mind his personal tragedy. So at the moment, things stand as they are.”

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