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No bitterness from Adebayor

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

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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.

"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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