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Nov 22, 2011

I've got my life back, says Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor has declared his love for life at Tottenham Hotspur and expressed his belief that he can help the side secure Champions League qualification.

Adebayor, 27, is on loan from Premier League rivals Manchester City and, after scoring Tottenham's goals in the recent 2-0 victory over Aston Villa, admits his confidence has returned.

"It's always special to have a manager like this and I've got my confidence back and my life back," he told the Evening Standard.

"I came here to help the team get into the top four and I think I'm doing quite well at the moment.

"We all play football to gain money, too, especially as I'm from Africa and I have to give something back to my community. I've been doing a lot of charity work, I'm taking my own wages to do it and I will continue to do that until the end of my career.

"I'll leave it to Harry Redknapp, Daniel Levy and Khaldoon Al Mubarak to find a solution among themselves.

"I have to enjoy myself on the pitch and they have to do the paperwork. But if I can't help the team to get in the top four, I will have failed.

"Everyone had a huge belief in me before coming here so I have to give them that back. At the end of the season, we'll see what happens."

Striker Adebayor also insisted that Spurs are now superior to London rivals Chelsea who, after losing 2-1 at home to Liverpool, are fifth in the league with manager Andre Villas-Boas thought to be under severe pressure.

"Judging by today, if you see the way Chelsea are playing and the way we are playing, then, for sure, we are better than them," he insisted.

"However, Chelsea are still Chelsea and I have a huge respect for them. They might start winning all their games from now until the end of the season.

"The fans accept me because they see how hard I am working. If you were a Tottenham fan, you would definitely love me because I'm doing the job. It's not just about scoring goals.

"Fans don't like players who are lazy or look like they are only here for the money. They want players who work for the team, which is what I'm showing at the moment, so that's why they love me and I'm very glad."

It remains to be seen how any permanent transfer to Spurs can be agreed as City are currently subsidising a large portion of his wages and Spurs' wage structure may struggle to accomodate Adebayor.

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