Former Tottenham Hotspur striker, Emmanuel Adebayor, has claimed that Jose Mourinho is the best coach in the history of football.

Adebayor had a bittersweet three-year spell at Spurs as, although he made a great start to life in North London, he found himself frozen out towards the end under Mauricio Pochettino due to alleged issues with his attitude.

However, it was not just at Spurs that things turned sour for Adebayor, with the striker’s spell at Arsenal and Manchester City also ending in somewhat distasteful fashion.

The former Togo international had a six-month loan spell with Real Madrid just before joining Tottenham in the summer of 2011 and he has admitted that the short time he spent in the Spanish capital was the best moment of his life.

Speaking about his time at Madrid, the striker told AS: “I’ve played for Monaco, Arsenal and City, among other teams before coming to Madrid and so I could see the difference.

“Madrid is way ahead of the rest. I enjoyed a wonderful experience there. I love Real Madrid and I would like to go back and say my goodbyes when I get the chance.

“Signing for Madrid was the best moment of my life. But in the end, it was the place where I played the least football of my career – nevertheless it was the club which left the biggest mark on me.

“The organization was incredible, how I was treated, the affection from the fans… Everything.”

The former Spurs star also admitted that Mourinho left quite an impression on him during the short time that he played under the Portuguese coach at the Santiago Bernabeu.

He added: “I love Mourinho, we had a great relationship and he was the one who brought me to Madrid, although it wasn’t easy for him to find a place for me in the side.

“The only trophy I have ever won was at Madrid with him. Now he’s at Tottenham and I wish him the best of luck. He is the best coach in the history of football.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Adebayor is a player who most managers had difficulty dealing with and getting the best out of him was not always easy. However, from the way he speaks about Jose, it is clear that the Spurs boss knew how to push his buttons at Madrid. This shows that Jose certainly know how to get players who have a perceived lack of discipline playing for him.

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