Emmanuel Adebayor may have left Tottenham Hotspur in inauspicious circumstances but he clearly harbours no ill-feeling towards the club, as he tipped them to be title challengers again next season even if they fail to rise to the top in the next few weeks, as quoted by the Guardian.
Adebayor scored 42 goals in 113 appearances across four seasons at White Hart Lane before having his contract terminated by mutual consent in September after falling out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino.
Since his departure, the North London side have developed from European competitors to genuine title challengers under the Argentine boss, and can re-close the gap between themselves and league leaders Leicester City to five points with victory at Stoke City tonight.
Even if they fail to win a first title since 1961 this season, Crystal Palace striker Adebayor is confident that his former club can find themselves in a similar position to challenge for honours next season.
The Togolese striker said, as quoted by the Guardian: "With Mauricio it was quite hard, when he first came in. We could all sense he would be a great manager for the club because he is working hard every day.
"I am not surprised with where they are. I know the qualities. They have got a good squad. They just need to keep going and keep believing. Whatever happens this season, they will be up there again next season."
Though he praised a host of the club's top stars such as leading scorer Harry Kane, the 32-year-old reserved perhaps his highest praise for breakout star Dele Alli, whom he believes can become one of the greatest midfielders in the world.
The striker added: "[Christian] Eriksen is there. Harry Kane is playing some fantastic football and scoring some amazing goals, which will all knew he had in the locker. Mousa Dembélé is flying now.
"Dele Alli is a player with huge potential to be one of the best midfielders in the world."
Alli and Kane have been recognised for their superb seasons by being shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, with Kane also finding himself up for the senior honour.