Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has given his take on Emmanuel Adebayor’s decision to remain at White Hart Lane until at least January, in quotes published by the London Evening Standard.
"We want only to fix the problem to find the best solution for both sides,” said the Argentine.
“He is clear with the situation and it’s not a problem for him or us. The situation was clear three or four months ago and today it is his decision to stay here.
"We are always willing to help him. It’s not a big problem. We have a good relationship and when we pass each other in the corridor, it’s no problem.
“But it’s clear he’s not in my mind or in the club’s for the future of Tottenham. In football we look at the present and at tomorrow, never yesterday. Everything can change in football every day,” he added.
The Togolese striker was close to joining Aston Villa and West Ham this summer, but both moves fell through for differing reasons.
In the case of Villa, a deal was all but done - with Adebayor even posing for official photos with the club shirt - before he pulled the plug because a ‘sign from God’ failed to appear, according to the Telegraph.
As for the Hammers, their loans of Victor Moses and Carl Jenkinson prevented them also taking the 31-year old on loan, so a mutual termination of his contract would have to have been agreed before he could move to Upton Park.
The former Arsenal and Manchester City man was reluctant to reach a compromise and demanded that Spurs pay off the rest of his contract in full – amounting to a sum believed to be around £5 million, as reported by the Mirror.
Needless to say, Spurs didn’t agree and now find themselves stuck with the striker until at least January, when they will no doubt return to the market desperately trying to flog him to anyone that will listen.