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Adebayor hoping for Spurs stay

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Adebayor has impressed since moving to Spurs (©GettyImages)
Adebayor has impressed since moving to Spurs (©GettyImages).

Emmanuel Adebayor is hopeful of making his loan move from Manchester City to Tottenham permanent, with the Togolese forward saying he has regained his "confidence" since switching to White Hart Lane in the summer.

The former Arsenal player, who scored the goals that knocked Spurs out of the UEFA Champions League last season while playing for Real Madrid, has earned himself a place in the hearts of the Tottenham faithful having scored five goals since his arrival in north London, including a brace against Aston Villa on Monday that moved his current side up to third in the Barclays Premier League table.

That win was Tottenham's seventh in their past eight Barclays Premier League games, a run of form which has prompted some to suggest that Spurs could be contenders for the title this season, and Adebayor admits he would like to stay at White Hart Lane and help them maintain their current form.

"It's always special to have a manager like this and I've got my confidence back and my life back," he told the London Evening Standard. "I came here to help the team and get into the top four and I think I'm doing it quite well at the moment.

"Everyone had a huge belief in me before coming here so I have to give them that back. At the end of the season, we'll see what happens.

"I'll leave it to Harry Redknapp, [Spurs chairman] Daniel Levy and [City chairman] Khaldoon Al Mubarak to find a solution among themselves."

One major sticking point is Adebayor's wages, which are believed to be around £170,000 a week.

Spurs have a strict wage structure and are reliant on Manchester City paying the majority of his wages for the duration of the loan deal, but the Togolese striker insists there is more to football than money, pointing to the charitable work he does in Africa with his wages.

"We all play football to gain money, too, especially as I'm from Africa and I have to give something back to my community. I've been doing a lot of charity work, I'm taking my own wages to do it and I will continue to do that until the end of my career," he commented.

"Fans don't like players who are lazy or look like they are only here for the money. They want players who work for the team, which is what I'm showing at the moment, so that's why they love me and I'm very glad."

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