Andre Villas-Boas denies Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor wants to leave

Emmanuel Adebayor: Yet to start a game for Spurs since his permanent move from Man City

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Andre Villas-Boas insists that Emmanuel Adebayor has a part to play in his plans for Tottenham Hotspur.

The striker is yet to start a match this season and reports this week have linked him with a move away from White Hart Lane in January.

Adebayor netted 17 times for Spurs while on loan from Manchester City last season, before signing a four-year contract in August.

The Togolese 28-year-old has played second fiddle to Jermain Defoe so far this term, and Villas-Boas says he will have to be patient.

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"Obviously, every player wants to play, at the moment we are using the structure of one striker and Defoe has been doing extremely well," Villas-Boas told Sky Sports News.

"I think Ade has done extremely well in the games where he has come in for the squad, certainly he is in contention for games where we play with two strikers.

"At the moment we haven't found the comfort in that formation yet, but in the future when we use it, when we rotate the strikers he will be back in contention."

When asked whether the striker was actively seeking a move, Villas-Boas responded: "No, I don't think so. I don't think the club will be willing to let anyone go."