Emmanuel Adebayor: Crystal Palace striker's relationship with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy 'wasn't good'

The Togo international had his £100,000-a-week contract at White Hart Lane cancelled in September

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Emmanuel Adebayor has criticised Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy for making “everything complicated” during his time at White Hart Lane.

The Togo international had his £100,000-a-week contract cancelled in September after falling out of favour in north London but has since signed for Crystal Palace on a free transfer. 

“With the club itself, it wasn’t a good relationship with the chairman Daniel Levy as he made everything complicated,” said former Arsenal and Manchester City forward Adebayor to the Guardian.

“But at the end of the day, I know where I am from and if you want something, you have to stand strong for it, and I stand strong for what I think. People will judge you, but I know what I have been through in my life and what I stand for.”

Despite featuring often under Mauricio Pochettino, the Spurs manager, at the beginning of the Argentine’s tenure at the club, Adebayor soon fell down the pecking order as Harry Kane began his emergence.

“My relationship with Mauricio was beautiful. I think we had a very, very good relationship with man-to-man conversations.

“We always talked, but at the time he told me ‘Emmanuel, I can’t count on you anymore’ and I understood that. I realised my time at Tottenham was over and I moved on.”

The 31-year-old is set to face his former employers when Palace face Spurs in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday but he is relaxed.

“Today, Tottenham are happy – they are playing well – and I am happy playing for Palace. We both have moved on as a club and as a player,” he said.