Manchester City outcast Emmanuel Adebayor has made clear his desire to stay on with Real Madrid in Spain next season after a mixed start to life at the Bernabeu.
The Togo international has scored two goals in his seven games since moving to the Spanish capital and is enjoying playing football away from England, where he spent five years with City and Arsenal.
“I can tell. I hear my name chanted around the stadium. It’s important to feel loved. I will do everything possible to stay here as long as possible,” said Adebayor.
“I came here to do something. I have made something of myself in football and spent years playing at the highest level, but I’m still empty-handed.
“For me, the most important thing is to win trophies. When I joined Arsenal, I never imagined that I wouldn’t win anything. Here I have to do everything I can to make it happen.”
Adebayor is so desperate to fit in at his new club that he’s even had a hair cut to fit in.
“I had dreadlocks for three years but, when the opportunity to play for Madrid arose, I knew I’d have them cut off,” he added.
“This haircut is more appropriate for an institution like Madrid. I’m doing everything possible to integrate.”
Adebayor played well in his time in England at Arsenal, but upset the supporters by publically welcoming a move to AC Milan, which never materialised. He eventually moved to Manchester City where he rarely featured.
Talking about his time at Arsenal he said, “It was another level there. Bergkamp, Henry and Van Persie were there – it made me improve as a footballer. I became a key figure in attack and it shows that I was a success.”
“(Arsene Wenger taught me) to arrive on time at training, to be professional, how to mentally recover, to act professionally with the other players in the dressing room.”
Asked if hix move away from Arsenal left him angry, he replied, “To be honest, yes. I left frustrated. I loved the club. When I was young, one of my dreams was to play for Arsenal because my idol, Kanu, played there. I thought I would stay there for the rest of my career.
“[Manchester City] was a difficult experience. Mancini has a way of approaching the game. It’s life – you have to accept it. I don’t feel any resentment.”