Sabtu, 14 Januari 2012

Adebayor handed wage warning

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp concedes Emmanuel Adebayor will have to take a huge pay-cut if he is to stay at White Hart Lane next season.

Adebayor has played a key role in helping Tottenham turn around their season. Since he signed on loan from Manchester City, the Londoners have lost just once and they can move level with Adebayor's parent club at the top of the Premier League on Saturday if they beat Wolves at White Hart Lane.

Adebayor has struck up a good understanding with Rafael van der Vaart to keep top goalscorer Jermain Defoe out of the team and the Togo striker is keen to make his move to north London permanent.

Spurs' top earners are thought to be on roughly £70,000 a week - about a third of what Adebayor receives at the Etihad Stadium, and Redknapp summed up the gulf in spending power between the two clubs on Friday afternoon by saying: "He has done well for us. He has worked hard but he is on amazing money.

"The other week, one of the lads told him that he had not paid his £50 fine for being the worst player in training on a Friday morning. One of the lads said to him: 'Bloody hell, Ade, you are on 200 grand a week and you can't afford to pay a £50 fine!' He replied: 'Don't insult me, it's 225!'"

The laughter that followed the anecdote was followed up by a serious message from Redknapp, who admitted: "He certainly isn't getting that here."

Redknapp could again be without Scott Parker, who missed Wednesday's win over Everton with a knee injury, for Saturday's match.

However, there was some good news from the treatment room regarding Tom Huddlestone, who has returned to light training after recovering from an ankle injury that has sidelined him since August.

"Tom Huddlestone trained today for the first time in months," Redknapp said.

"That's good for him, it has been so sad for him. He is a fantastic footballer."

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