Emmanuel Adebayor could make his loan move from Man City to Tottenham permanent.
Adebayor scored his fourth and fifth goals since signing on a season-long loan from Manchester City as Tottenham moved up to third in the Barclays Premier League with a comfortable 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
“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.
“I don’t have any pressure on my head telling myself I have to score to keep my place now. I just have to do the job and I think at the moment I am doing it very well.”
Adebayor’s wages – thought to be around £170,000 a week – are likely to be a sticking point as he wants to continue giving a large portion of his earnings charities in Africa, but still hopes a permanent deal can be struck.
“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.”
Given that he spent three years with bitter rivals Arsenal, many had expected the Spurs fans to reject Adebayor, but the striker now thinks the club’s supporters have taken him to their hearts.
“I think they accept me because they have seen that I am working hard for the team,” he said.
“If you are a Tottenham fan you will definitely love me because I am doing the job. It’s not only about scoring goals, it’s about what you put in.
“If fans see a player who is being a little bit lazy they will not like him.
“We all like players who want to show that you are not just here to take the money, you want to see players who will work for the team and that’s what I am showing at the moment. That’s why they love me and I am very glad for them, for myself.”
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