Emmanuel Adebayor has likened Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp to Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho.
Adebayor, 27, worked under Mourinho while on loan at Real last season, after struggling for first-team football at his parent club Manchester City. And he scored seven goals in 21 appearances in all competitions for Real, including a brace against Tottenham in the Champions League.
Real opted not to prolong his stay at the Bernabeu in the summer, however, and Spurs duly swooped for his services on a season-long loan after it emerged his opportunities at City would again be restricted.
The Togo international has enjoyed a bright start to life at White Hart Lane, netting three times in his first two matches, and he has reserved praise for current boss Redknapp.
He told Hotspur magazine: "Harry Redknapp is a top manager. I would put him closer to Mourinho because of the way he treats players. He gives you full confidence. He too knows how to talk to players and that makes him special as well.
"I have huge respect for Mourinho. I learned a lot at Real Madrid. Even after my goal at Wolves I woke up the next morning and had a message from him. That is what he is like and it is appreciated."
Redknapp rates Adebayor highly, and has recently expressed his interest in tying him permanently to the club, but only if he is willing to reduce his current salary.
"He sees all the pictures; great vision, great awareness, touch," Redknapp said. "Ade always has a smile on his face and has been running around in training like a two-year-old. You almost have to slow him down ... but you can't ask for any more.
"Our crowd has taken to him because they can see his work rate so I know he'll be a big hit here. He couldn't have had a better start with his goals and he's full of enthusiasm; full of the joys of spring."
And Redknapp believes Adebayor could indeed inspire Tottenham to a return to the Champions League, with the club currently fifth in the table after winning seven of their last eight top flight matches.
"For sure, yes. He has it all,'' he added. ''If he has a great season he can take us to where we want to be. There is no doubting his ability."
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