Adebayor had chance to leave Tottenham, says Villas-Boas

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that out-of-favour striker Emmanuel Adebayor had the chance to leave the club in the summer, according to BBC Sport.

Adebayor has yet to play for Spurs this season with Villas-Boas favouring summer signing Roberto Soldado for the only striker’s role in the starting XI, and prior to returning to Togo following the death of his brother was ordered by Villas-Boas to train with the development team in an effort to improve his fitness.

Villas-Boas confirmed however that the former Manchester City striker was given the option of departing White Hart Lane this summer. “There were opportunities for him to leave,” Villas-Boas said. “But he was not interested in them. We presented the player and his agents the situations we were presented with.

Adebayor moved to Tottenham on a permanent basis a year ago, having spent the prior season on loan at the club from City. He scored 17 goals and recorded 11 assists in his loan spell but following a £5m move to make the switch full time, struggled to replicate that form, leading to Villas-Boas paying £26m for Valencia striker Soldado.

Soldado has so far scored both of Tottenham’s league goals from the penalty spot in 1-0 wins over Crystal Palace and Swansea.

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