Emmanuel Adebayor insists there's no problem with Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas.
The striker says he hasn't been frozen out by his manager after refusing to leave over the summer.
Adebayor told the London Evening Standard: "In the life of every footballer there are always ups and downs but I'm not complaining. It all started well in pre-season. We flew to Hong Kong [for a pre-season tournament] and there I learned the news of the death of my brother, so my morale took a hit. I went back for the funeral. I had a very difficult time.
"When I went back to Tottenham, I talked to the coach and he told me that I was not ready yet for the pro group. I had to go to work in the reserves for two to three weeks to regain my confidence, my sense of goal, etc . . . And I complied with his advice.
"Was it a punishment? Not at all. I'm not at a training centre to get punished by my coach. There has been no argument.
"I have been playing professional football for 11 years and my brother's death was a blow to me in recent weeks but since then I found my spirits. I will find my feelings and my place in the group."
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