Adebayor eyes Spurs stay

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Emmanuel Adebayor has reiterated his desire to remain in north London and sign a permanent deal with Tottenham Hotspur, but admits his future is out of his hands.

The 28-year-old Togolese striker has netted 18 times for Harry Redknapp's side on a season long loan from parent club Manchester City. However, Spurs have made no secret of the fact that his wages of £170,000-a-week were likely to make a full-time transfer unlikely.

"I don't know yet whether I'll be here or not next year but my first choice now would be to stay at Tottenham," Adebayor told the Evening Standard. "I am not going to go on my knees and beg anyone; this is for others to sort out.

"If a deal can be done, then fine. I would love to play for Tottenham. If not, then trust me: I will keep Tottenham in my heart. I am a former Arsenal player, too, but everyone knows how that ended. I know north London very well, my home is here and I have had a fantastic year.

"I am a huge fan of Tottenham now and I love the club. If I am not at the club in the future, I will be following their games and wishing them luck. I played at Arsenal for three years but today I keep Tottenham in my heart more than Arsenal, even though I haven't played here for as long.

"I have played in the Champions League for Monaco, Arsenal and Real Madrid and I'd love to play there for Tottenham, too, but it's not only my choice. The fans have been incredible towards me, always showing their support, and hopefully I'll be in the competition next year. We will see what happens."

Citizens boss Roberto Mancini has said that Adebayor has no future at the Etihad Stadium, despite the fact he still has two years to run on his contract, and the reigning Premier League champions are keen to offload the African forward.

After arriving at White Hart Lane in August, his move was greeted with caution by the Spurs faithful due to his former connection with arch-rivals Arsenal. But, Adebayor quickly changed public opinion of him and has struck up a good relationship with the fans.

"I have great relationships here, with the manager Harry Redknapp, too. People have said certain things about our rapport but we've never had an argument," he continued. "Since I've been at Tottenham, everything I've done has been to make the club go further. We were fourth and now we will see where we are going to finish next season.

"Our target was to finish in the top four and today we are fourth but while I will not be harsh, we could have done better. We played some great football but there was a point where a bit of tiredness kicked in, and there were injuries to important players, like Aaron Lennon.

"But I can still say we were successful. We finished above Chelsea and Liverpool and we were very close to finishing ahead of Arsenal, and for the first time in many years, we can see that Spurs are closing the gap on Arsenal.

"I don't know yet where I will be next season but the target has to be to make progress every year. Tottenham were fifth the season before this one, fourth this season, so it is time to try for the top three next year.

"I believe Tottenham are going to become a bigger club, one of the main contenders, but to do that, they have to be in the Champions League. When you are in that competition, you can afford to buy some players and it helps the club. Hopefully Spurs will be there."

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