Mauricio Pochettino explains Emmanuel Adebayor’s decision to train with U21s

Emmanuel Adebayor

Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor reportedly turned down offers from Aston Villa and West Ham United in the summer transfer window.

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino has told The Sun that he did offer former Arsenal star Emmanuel Adebayor the chance to train with the first team.

Togo international striker Adebayor, who played for the Gunners from 2006 to 2009, has been training with Tottenham’s Under-21 side for a while and does not appear to be in Pochettino’s plans for the 2015-16 campaign.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City striker was left out of Spurs’ 25-man squad for the Premier League and the Europa League this season.

Despite his clear intention not to play Adebayor this season, Pochettino did offer the 31-year-old the chance to continue training with the first team.

However, the former AS Monaco star has chosen to train with Tottenham’s Under-21 side, according to the Argentine.

“We gave him the opportunity to train with the first team at different times,” Pochettino told The Sun.

“But he decided to train with the Under-21s. Always we give them the opportunity to train and treat them the same as any other player.”

It seems that Adebayor intends to see out the rest of his contract with Tottenham which runs until the end of the season.

According to The Sun, the striker earns £100,000 a week, and it makes sense for him to do what he is doing from a financial point of view.

The Sun claims that Premier League duo Aston Villa and West Ham United wanted to sign Adebayor during the summer transfer window, but he turned them down because Spurs refused to pay up in full the final year of his £100,000-week contract.

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