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Togo’s Adebayor grateful to Mourinho after Spurs advice

Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho advised Togo’s striker Adebayor to join Tottenham to enjoy himself again on the pitch

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 20 Sep 2011
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Tottenham Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor
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Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor has revealed that that his former coach at Real Madrid Jose Mourinho played an instrumental role in his recent move to English Premier league side Tottenham.

"I had discussions with Mourinho about the move," the 27-year old player was quoted as saying by Skysports.

"He told me 'you should think about your career and if you have a chance to go to Spurs go out there, score goals and enjoy yourself again on the football pitch,” he added.

The Togo international marksman had a successful short loan-spell with Real Madrid coming from Manchester City. 

"Mourinho is a good manager and I have always had respect for that man. Even when I came to Tottenham when I was sleeping I got a message from him,” explained Adebayor who had a dream debut with Tottenham scoring twice against Liverpool on Sunday.

"It is always nice to have a message from Jose Mourinho. He is a nice person and I wish him the best of luck in Madrid this season.

"Hopefully we will achieve his target, which is to win the Champions League and the league,” added the former Monaco and Arsenal forward.

Despite of the fact that he has just joined the London-based club, Adebayor is full of praise for his new coach Harry Redknapp, whom he considers as inspiring coach as Mourinho.

"I would say Harry [is similar] to Mourinho because of the way he treats players and gives you confidence," the 2008 African player of the year explained.

"When I went to Madrid that is what I got.

"That sensation when Mourinho said: 'Adebayor we know you are creative, we know what you can do on the football pitch' and he said 'go out there and enjoy yourself - I cannot tell you go left or go round because you know what to do on the football pitch.

"I had the same discussion with Harry and he told me the same thing. For me as a footballer, that is what I need,” he concluded.

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