Adebayor: I love Spurs but money counts

 

Emmanuel Adebayor has hinted at the difficulty Tottenham would face next summer should the club attempt to convince him to take a pay cut to make his loan move from Manchester City permanent, admitting he is as much businessman as footballer.

The Togolese striker has made a dramatic impact on Harry Redknapp's side since completing his season-long switch from the Etihad Stadium, scoring five times in only nine appearances to help Spurs into third place in the Premier League with a game in hand.

Such form is testament to the fact that Adebayor believes he is "happier" at White Hart Lane than at either of his previous clubs in this country, as well as the confidence he takes from Redknapp's evident faith in his abilities after a difficult spell at City. It is not, though, enough to convince the former Arsenal forward to ignore the financial aspect of his career.

Adebayor's £170,000-a-week wages are currently split between his parent club and his present employers, with City thought to be contributing as much as £100,000-a-week towards his salary.

Should Spurs attempt to complete a permanent move next summer, the club's wage structure simply would not allow them to match the striker's total cost. Their current highest earner, Rafael van der Vaart, earns a comparatively measly £70,000-a-week basic, with further incentives for performance and success. City, meanwhile, have always staunchly denied the very idea they may subsidise his wages to ensure he left the club.

"We all play football to get money," Adebayor admitted. "I am from Africa and I have to give something back to my community. I will keep doing this until the end of my career. I will leave it to Harry, [Spurs chairman] Daniel Levy, Khaldoon [al-Mubarak, the City chairman] and the owner of Manchester City to find a solution between them.

"I can't say anything about my future but I came here with a target to help the team finish in the top four and I think I'm doing quite well at the moment. For me, if I didn't help the team get into the top four, then I will have failed. Everybody had a huge belief in me when I came here and I have to pay that back. And at the end of the season, we will see what happens.

"I am happy here. It is a pleasure to have a manager giving you compliments, giving you your life back. He tells me to go out and enjoy my football, just do my thing. I have got my confidence back."

So high is that confidence, particularly after scoring both of Spurs' goals in Monday night's 2-0 victory over Aston Villa which sent them into third place, that Adebayor believes Redknapp's side are now the premier force in the capital; even the imposing form of the club which supplements his salary is not enough to dent it. "City have a strong squad, but if Manchester United are dropping points, I cannot see City not dropping points," he said.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
TV The follow-up documentary that has got locals worried
Arts and Entertainment
Eminem's daughter Hailie has graduated from high school
music
Arts and Entertainment
Original Netflix series such as Orange Is The New Black are to benefit from a 'substantial' increase in investment
TVHoax announcement had caused outrage
Life and Style
Swimsuit, £245, by Agent Provocateur
fashion

Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes

News
One Direction star Harry Styles who says he has no plans to follow his pal Cara Delevingne down the catwalk.
peopleManagement confirms rumours singer is going it alone are false
Arts and Entertainment
Curtain calls: Madani Younis
theatreMadani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Arts and Entertainment
'Deep Breath' is Peter Capaldi's first full-length adventure as the twelfth Doctor
TVFirst episode of new series has ended up on the internet
Life and Style
Douglas McMaster says the food industry is ‘traumatised’
food + drinkSilo in Brighton will have just six staple dishes on the menu every day, including one meat option, one fish, one vegan, and one 'wild card'
Sport
Mario Balotelli, Divock Origi, Loic Remy, Wilfried Bony and Karim Benzema
transfersBony, Benzema and the other transfer targets
Life and Style
Once a month, waistline watcher Suran steps into a 3D body scanner that maps his body shape and records measurements with pinpoint accuracy
techFrom heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily World Cup Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?