Spurs were open to letting the troublesome striker go.
After a summer of speculation surrounding Emmanuel Adebayor’s future at Tottenham Hotspur, manager Andre Villas-Boas has now admitted the striker would have been allowed to leave.
Besiktas were strongly linked with the 29-year-old, but in the end the Togo international stayed put and has been away from the squad recently following the death of the forward’s brother.
Since returning to White Hart Lane Villas-Boas has made Adebayor train with the development squad and it looks as if the African’s opportunities at Spurs are going to be limited this season.
“There were opportunities, yes, for him to leave,” the 35-year-old boss was quoted by ITV.
“But he was not interested in them, so he didn’t.
“We had to think about the situation so we presented the player and his agents the situations we were presented with.”
After a strong first season on-loan at Tottenham from Manchester City, the north London club were moved to pay £5.5m for the attacker last summer.
In 34 appearances in all competitions in 2012/13 the African managed just eight goals though and fell out-of-favour with AVB – something that is likely to be further emphasised this term since the £26m arrival of Roberto Soldado from Valencia.
When the Portuguese coach was asked if Adebayor would be playing this season the simple reply was; “there is a possibility.”
The striker is currently behind both Soldado and Jermain Defoe for a place in the Spurs side however.
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