My time at Man City was a headache - Emmanuel Adebayor

By Damian JohnsonFootball Focus reporter
Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor has scored three goals for Tottenham this season

Emmanuel Adebayor insists he has no regrets about leaving Manchester City and described his time at the club as a "headache".

Adebayor joined Tottenham on a season-long loan in August after being frozen out of Roberto Mancini's plans since last December.

He told BBC Sport: "I wish them the best of luck, but do I wish to be part of that team right now? No.

"Whenever I woke up last year to go into training it was a headache."

Mancini's expensively-assembled side have moved to the top of the Premier League in Adebayor's absence, but the former Arsenal striker said he is not missing life at City after quickly settling into his new surroundings in north London.

"You want to be in a house where you feel comfortable," added the former Togo striker.

"Even if the house is a palace, you want to be loved and you want to be happy."

Adebayor declined to comment directly on Mancini but there was clearly a breakdown in relations between the pair. It is reflected in his unstinting praise for his new boss.

"Harry Redknapp is a fantastic manager," Adebayor added.

"He knows how to talk to players. You need that belief from your own manager. He tells you just to go out there and do your thing. That is what Harry has got more than anyone else."

Adebayor has scored three goals in six games this season to help edge Tottenham closer to the top four and qualification for the Champions League.

"We have to do everything it takes to go beyond that line," he said. "Hopefully, we can achieve that as a goal."

Adebayor said he was impressed with the strength of Tottenham's squad and it is not only Rafael Van der Vaart, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale who have caught his eye.

"Every morning when you come in you see lots of lads working hard in the gym to be fit for the weekend which is a very good sign," added Adebayor.

Tottenham's next game is against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.

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