Emmanuel Adebayor will snub a loan move to Tottenham Hotspur and hold out for a switch to Spanish giants Real Madrid, the Daily Mail reports.
The Manchester City striker spent last season on loan at the Santiago Bernabeau and is interested in a move back to Madrid. His £170,000 a week wages could be matched by the La Liga giants and Spurs were relying on Manchester City to pay part of his wages to ensure the transfer would go through.
Whilst on loan in Spain, Adebayor made 14 appearances in a Blancos shirt and scored five goals, including a goal in the Champions League quarter final first leg against Tottenham.
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Vodacom Challenge victory.
Tottenham started their pre-season on a high note with a 3-0 victory over South African side Orlando Pirates in the Vodacom Challenge Final, BBC Sport reports.
Two goals from Rafael van der Vaart either side of half time and a late finish from Jermain Defoe helped Spurs win the competition for the second time in four years. Amidst all the speculation over a move to Chelsea, Croatian playmaker Luka Modric led Spurs out in Johannesburg. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp was pleased with the trip and the start of his pre-season.
Redknapp said: ‘The difference between the teams today was that we took our chances. It was a good trip to a fantastic country and I hope we are invited again next year.’
Rafa backs Pienaar.
Kickoff reports that Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart believes that teammate Steven Pienaar will be a key figure for Spurs next season.
Pienaar made his first appearance on Spurs’ pre-season in yesterday’s 3-0 win over Orlando Pirates in the Vodacom Challenge and played 45 minutes. Pienaar’s first season in North London following his move from Everton was disrupted by injury, but Van der Vaart still believes that the South African playmaker is destined for big things in a Spurs shirt.
The Dutch forward said: ‘He is a great player and a great personality. I played with him a few years ago at Ajax. I know he’s from South Africa, but sometimes I feel he’s Dutch. We can all see his quality and I’m sure in his second year at Spurs, he will play a lot of games and be very, very important to us.’
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