Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor has ruled out leaving the Emirates Stadium this summer and revealed he has agreed to sign a new contract with the Gunners.
The 24-year-old Togo international joined Arsenal in January 2006 and was outstanding last season, prompting interest from Barcelona and AC Milan.
But Adebayor has opted to stay with Arsene Wenger's team, and told arsenal.com: "Now I can tell everyone that, yes, I will sign a contract.
"I'm feeling very good here, very well here, and at the moment my heart is with Arsenal."
He added: "I never told anyone I would be leaving this club, never ever.
"I'm very happy we've found a solution.
"I have three years left on my contract and I'm putting two or three years more, so I'm very happy being part of this family."
Adebayor joined from Wenger's former club Monaco and revealed his relationship with the manager has never faltered since his move to London.
"When we started talking about my contract I never told him I'd be leaving this club and he knew my desire," said Adebayor.
"My desire was to stay at this club so for me he's like my father, he's my boss so whatever he tells me I'll do it, so our relationship at the moment is always strong.
"There is no doubt about that."
Adebayor scored 30 goals last season to ensure Thierry Henry was barely missed at Arsenal following his move to Barcelona.
However speculation over Adebayor's future has rolled on through the summer and it appeared there was a strong chance of him moving on before the start of the Barclays Premier League season on August 16.
"Today I can say to Arsenal TV, Sky, every single TV in the world, I have never told anyone that I would be leaving this club," said Adebayor.
"And today I'm very happy that we've found a solution to stay here and my heart is with Arsenal so I'm great here.
"I thank all the fans, all the people that support me to make my dreams come true and you know for me now the most important thing is, like I always say, to keep on playing my football."Reuse content