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Adebayor living Real Madrid dream

Emmanuel Adebayor hopes to have put a turbulent 12 months behind him after completing what he described as a dream move to Real Madrid.

Adebayor was presented at the Bernabeu yesterday after joining Real on-loan until the end of the season from Manchester City, with the Spanish giants having the option to buy the 26-year-old in the summer.

The switch, which will see Adebayor help cover the loss of long-term injury victim Gonzalo Higuain, comes after a difficult 2010 for the former Togo captain both professionally and on a personal level.

“My dream has come true to be able to play football again at the highest level, especially with Real Madrid,” he said.

“After Arsenal, when I went to Manchester City, don't get me wrong, it's true that I had an up and down time and I was nearly dead as well on the way to the African Nations Cup.

“I was a little bit traumatised by all those kinds if things and it was a very difficult moment for me and today all those kinds of things are behind me.

“2010 started very badly for me, but 2011 started very well by signing a contract with Real Madrid.”

When asked what went wrong for him at City, Adebayor added: “I'm a footballer and what I need is to play football, to be out there on the pitch.

“What went wrong with Mancini and Manchester City? I don't think there's a lot wrong. Right now he's lost confidence in me.”

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