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Striker Emmanuel Adebayor happy to stay at Tottenham

By Robert Jones

Emmanuel Adebayor has no intention of leaving Tottenham, with the divisive striker insisting recent off-field issues are now behind him.

Following nine turbulent weeks out of action, the 30-year-old made his return as a second-half substitute in Spurs' 2-1 win against Sunderland on Saturday.

Injury and illness kept Adebayor out of action before a period of compassionate leave due to family issues, with the striker quoted in November as saying his mother was practising black magic on him.

That was a subject the Togo forward was understandably coy about, yet he was more forthcoming about returning to action for the first time in 69 days.

"I went through a lot, obviously, but, for me, being back on the pitch and playing football again, that's what matters to me," Adebayor said.

"I am very happy and I am very pleased and, yes, now hopefully I can get my form back and enjoy myself on the football pitch. That's the most important thing."

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is said to be keen to get Adebayor off the payroll, with Galatasaray, Besiktas and Parma among clubs linked with him.

But asked if he expects to see season out with Spurs, Adebayor replied: "Obviously, yeah, otherwise I would have come out and said I want to leave.

"I am a player who is not afraid to face the reality that if I have to leave, I will leave.

"At the moment I have a contract with Tottenham, I am committed to the club and I will always give my best to my club, which is Tottenham."

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