Emmanuel Adebayor speaks on blocked Tottenham exit

Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed how Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy blocked him from leaving the club before the transfer deadline.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed to Sky Sports News HQ that five clubs were in for him during the winter transfer window.

Adebayor’s future was the subject of intense speculation last month after his recent poor form for Spurs, with Sky Sports reporting that the club had fielded offers from a number of potential suitors after making him available on the market.

However, after narrowing his choices down to a loan switch to West Ham United before the deadline, the Togo international saw chairman Daniel Levy block his move because he didn’t want to send him to a Premier League rival.

"The club decided to send me out on loan, which I was pleased with,” he said on Wednesday afternoon. “I was lucky enough to have five good clubs in my hand, and I decided to go for three.

"When I chose the one I wanted to go to, unluckily Mr Levy was against this because they were a rival. The club decided I should stay, I am very happy to stay at the club and do my job."

Adebayor, 30, has scored just twice in 15 games this season, and has made just one start in three appearances since criticising fans for booing the team in November’s 2-1 home defeat to Stoke.

The former Arsenal man has since insisted his comments were misconstrued, however, and now wants to put the episode behind him and make amends.

“I am very sad about the fans’ reaction,” he said. “Straight after the game I was unhappy and upset at the way we played. A journalist asked me questions so I gave them the answers.

“Most of the fans are good – I didn’t mean to hurt anyone. At the end of the day, I know how much they pay so I know they want to perform. When I watch the Togo team and they are not playing well, if I have to boo them and insult them I understand that.

“But one thing I know is that if they are genuine fans, a player playing with confidence is better than one with doubts in his head. So all I had to say is that it is a good thing they come to games and if anybody thinks I don’t appreciate their support, then it is a lie.

“At the end of the day, it is them who make me run further and score goals. They make me want to score goals and salute them because they are the most beautiful moments in a footballer’s career.

“It was a bad interpretation of what was said so I think we have to forget it and move on.”

How big a role Adebayor will play in manager Mauricio Pochettino’s side over the second half of the season remains to be seen but, with the team failing to bring in another striker to compliment Harry Kane and the misfiring Roberto Soldado, there should be opportunities to prove his worth.

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