Emmanuel Adebayor blames Daniel Levy for the protracted nature of his departure from Tottenham last year.
Levy blocked a move to West Ham in January 2015 because he was reluctant to see the Togolese striker – not part of manager Mauricio Pochettino’s plans – leave for a Europa League rival.
A summer switch also fell through as both the Hammers and Aston Villa failed to agree terms with Tottenham; Adebayor eventually left in September and has since signed for Crystal Palace on a short-term deal.
“My relationship with the manager was beautiful,” claims Adebayor.
“I think we have a very good relationship and had man to man conversations. We always talk and he told me ‘Manny I don’t count on you anymore’ which I do understand and I realised my time was over at Tottenham and I have to move on.
“With the club itself, I did not have a good relationship with the chairman Daniel Levy because he made everything complicated. But at the end of the day I know where I am from and when you want something you have to stand strong for it. And I stand strong for what I think is my decision.
“Obviously people will judge you but at the end of the day I know what I have been through in my life and I know what I have to stand for. I stand for it.
“Today I cannot say I am a winner. There is no winner in this battle. The club is happy today, Tottenham are happy they are playing quite well. I am happy I am playing for Crystal Palace. We both move on as a club and as a player.”