Adebayor picks his best manager - Wenger, Mourinho, Redknapp?

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Tottenham top scorer Emmanuel Adebayor was particularly open with his thoughts when he spoke to former Arsenal teammate Fabrice Muamba.

As one of the games most divisive figures, Adebayor is someone football fans tend to have a strong opinion about.

The Togolese striker certainly helps fashion these opinions, with a wide range of outstanding moments on a football pitch blotted by the occasional inflammatory one.

The widely held belief among supporters is that Adebayor is loved by whatever club he is at before he starts to long for a more lucrative move. At that point he is often sold unceremoniously and subsequently painted as a "money grabber."

Adebayor refutes that criticism, saying he plays only for love of the game, and that he has left big contracts at every club he has been sold from, rather than waiting out and earning the millions. 

A quick look at these clubs, and his goalscoring at each, show that at one time or other he has proved himself essential at every one. The move he is most criticised for is the switch to Manchester City from Arsenal for £25 million. However, if he would have remained at the Etihad he would have won several trophies, compared to having to deal with the 9-year wait that has gone on at Arsenal.

The big frontman is not concerned with castigation from former fans, telling former teammate Fabrice Muamba at the Express"I don't want to know who is my enemy. All I want to know is who are my friends. My friends are Tottenham fans today. I play for Tottenham. I don't care about Arsenal."

Now at Spurs, Adebayor started off the season out of favour, being heavily unfancied by Andre Villas-Boas. With his removal in December, and Tim Sherwood's appointment, the striker came back into the side and scored an impressive 14 goals in 25 games. 

Andre Villas-Boas wasn't the first manager Adebayor has fallen out with, so who does he perceive to be the best boss he has played under?

Adebayor told Muamba that despite only working with him for six months at Real Madrid, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was the top one:

"Even though it was the shortest one, only six months, he was the one that, even in training, I always did my best, I always ran around, I always did what I had to do. Because he knows how to treat players, he knows how to talk to them. He knows how to have, like, 'communication' with his players. So for me, that is what you need."

And after he announced that he wanted to stay at Tottenham for at least the two years remaining of his contract, Spurs fans will be hoping their next manager is someone that can draw the best from their top scorer.

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