Emmanuel Adebayor not bitter towards Andre Villas-Boas after returning to Spurs line-up

In a very candid interview, Sky Sports' Geoff Shreeves talks exclusively to Emmanuel Adebayor about playing for Tottenham and AVB.

Emmanuel Adebayor: Not prepared to criticise his former manager

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Emmanuel Adebayor insists he holds no grudges against Andre Villas-Boas despite being frozen out by the former Tottenham boss.

Adebayor has been in superb form since being restored to the team by Tim Sherwood, scoring three goals alongside Roberto Soldado in an adapted 4-4-2 formation as Spurs have taken 13 points from five games under the new manager.

The Togo striker was an outcast under Villas-Boas and was forced to train with the U21s while being excluded from match-day squads, but Adebayor has nothing but positive words for the former Chelsea head coach.

"I'm not here to judge anyone - he's a great manager," he told Weekend Warm-up on Sky Sports News. "I just have to keep going, look forward and play my football.

"Everything happens for a reason - maybe he thought I was no good any more, maybe he thought I looked sluggish in training, a bit tired - you cannot judge him, he tried his best for his team.

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10. Emmanuel Adebayor

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"There is no way for one minute I think he does anything for the club to lose a game. I cannot say he has done anything for us to lose 6-0 to Man City. For me I think he has tried his best, if it doesn't work his way, that's football.

"So hopefully the next one for him, will be a good one from him, I wish him the best of luck because he's a great man."

Adebayor says Sherwood has given the Spurs players the confidence to play their natural game.

"He told me to get out there and play my football and I know I'm going to play," he added.

"As soon as I know I'm going to play my thought will be, okay how am I going to score tomorrow, it's not about, am I going to be in the squad. Two months ago my head is, 'am I even going to be in the squad?'

"Everything that has happened is down to him as well (Tim Sherwood) as he put big confidence in me and I think the rest of the players as well."

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