Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed he has no plans to sell Emmanuel Adebayor in the January transfer window – but says the striker will have to wait before getting a run in the first team.

Reports this week have linked the Togolese forward with a move away from White Hart Lane when the winter window opens, just months after he completed his protracted move from Manchester City.

Adebayor is yet to start a game for Tottenham this season having suffered a hamstring injury last month, while his chances at the start of the season were reportedly limited because of his disrupted pre-season with Manchester City as he awaited his move to White Hart Lane.

Jermain Defoe’s fine form in front of goal this term has kept him on the sidelines, something which reportedly angered the former Arsenal man who was a regular while on loan at Spurs last season.

However Villas-Boas denied there was any problem with Adebayor and insisted he would not be allowed to leave in January.

"Obviously, every player wants to play, at the moment we are using the structure of one striker and Defoe has been doing extremely well," he told Sky Sports News.

"I think Ade has done extremely well in the games where he has come in for the squad, certainly he is in contention for games where we play with two strikers.

"At the moment we haven't found the comfort in that formation yet, but in the future when we use it, when we rotate the strikers he will be back in contention."

When asked whether the striker was actively seeking a move, Villas-Boas responded: "No, I don't think so. I don't think the club will be willing to let anyone go."

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