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Adebayor says he'll celebrate if he scores for Palace vs. Tottenham

Emmanuel Adebayor has vowed he will celebrate if he scores a goal vs. his former club Tottenham.

Emmanuel Adebayor has vowed to celebrate against Tottenham if he scores on his return to White Hart Lane with Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Adebayor was released by Spurs in September and joined Palace on a free transfer in January -- but the north London club are still paying a percentage of his wages.

The 32-year-old had a mixed four-year spell at Spurs, excelling under managers Harry Redknapp and Tim Sherwood, but rarely featuring under both Andre Villas-Boas and current boss Mauricio Pochettino, who stripped his vice-captain of his squad number and sent him to train with the club's under-21s in the summer.

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Adebayor, who maintains he had a "beautiful" relationship with Pochettino, returns to his former club in the FA Cup fifth round at the weekend and he sees no reason why he should not celebrate if he scores.

"For me I'm going out there to help my team -- which is Crystal Palace -- qualify for the next round," Adebayor said in The Mirror. "Why am I not going to celebrate against Tottenham?

"Scoring goals is what I do best in my career. If I score against Tottenham, trust me, I'm going to celebrate.

"If I'm on the pitch and I score and [don't] celebrate, I would rather tell the manager I'm not going to play because what is the point of being on the pitch, scoring goals and not celebrating?

"When you score for a second it is the best thing that ever happened. For me, apart from having my baby, the best thing that ever happened to me is whenever I score my next goal."

Adebayor reportedly rejected the chance to join both Aston Villa and West Ham in the summer transfer window, before agreeing to leave Spurs provided they continued to pay his wages until the end of his contract.

Mauricio Pochettino famously stripped Adebayor of his squad number and made him practice with Spurs' U21 team.

The Togolese is expected to receive a frosty reception on his return to north London, but he makes no apologies for his behaviour during his spell as a Spurs player.

"When you want something, you have to stand strong for it. Obviously people will judge you, but I know what I have been through in my life.

"Maybe 15 years ago I was playing on a beach without shoes and I was living in a house without a roof.

"The youth, they are human like me and I have been through there before being what I am today, so I took that in a good way. But life goes on. People wake up, they can't work. I can work, I can still enjoy what I love best which is to play my football.

"I know there is a whole country which believes in me, know my quality and what I can do on and off the pitch. So I have to come here, make money to go and save lives in Africa.

"People see me in a beautiful car, beautiful house and see I have bought a lot of nice chains and nice watches but I am so happy that a lot of my money is going back home and is going for charity.

"For me that is the most important thing."


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