Van der Vaart urges Tottenham to stretch budget for Adebayor

Tottenham playmaker Rafael van der Vaart has pleaded with owner Daniel Levy to make sure they keep striker Emmanuel Adebayor at the end of his loan spell, The Daily Mail reports.

Adebayor has impressed at White Hart Lane since his loan move from Manchester City last summer and scored twice at the weekend to help defeat Swansea. The 28 year old has scored 13 times this season as Tottenham look to close in on an automatic Champions League spot by finishing third. Spurs are keen to keep the Togolese international and Adebayor is also hopeful of agreeing a deal with the North Londoners.

However, the striker’s wages are a huge stumbling block and Adebayor does not want to take a pay cut just to stay at Spurs. Adebayor earns £170,000 a week with Spurs owner Daniel Levy only paying £65,000 and Man City stumping up the rest of the fee. Van der Vaart is hopeful that the injection of Champions League money, should Spurs qualify, will convince Levy to extend his budget and keep Adebayor at White Hart Lane. The Dutchman has struck up a brilliant partnership with Adebayor this season and wants to keep that partnership for next season.

“He (Adebayor) is a great player for us, works his socks off and we love him here. He is a top striker, one of the best I’ve played with. I played with Ruud van Nistelrooy, he was fantastic. Normally, strikers wait for their chances and score, but he is working and even when he doesn’t score, he is still important for the team and that’s what makes him a big man for us”, Van der Vaart said.

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