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Adebayor urges Tottenham to forget past - lets have clean slate

Emmanuel Adebayor has urged Tottenham fans to forget the past.

Some Tottenham fans have never hidden their dislike of the 27-year-old, and have chanted offensive songs - one of which anti-racism group Kick It Out condemned - at the striker whenever he faced the White Hart Lane club.

Adebayor is keen to put all that confrontation behind him, though, as he feels that he can fire Harry Redknapp's men into the top four, possibly at the expense of Arsene Wenger's side.

"You have to be strong to decide to come to Tottenham, I played for three-and-a-half years for Arsenal and there's a lot of rivalry between Tottenham and Arsenal," Adebayor told Spurs TV Online.

"All I want is to play football and to enjoy myself and today I'm a Tottenham footballer, what I have to do is enjoy myself on and off the pitch.

"For me, the past is the past, I'm looking forward to the future."

Despite his history with Arsenal, and the chants aimed his way, Adebayor did not have to think twice when Harry Redknapp came calling.

"Tottenham have always been a good club. I know a lot of the players and I have a lot of friends here, so when I got the call to come and join the club and to help the club achieve what they want to achieve, I quickly said yes," he said.

The public spat with Roberto Mancini was acrimonious and the Italian has made it clear that he has no intention of playing the striker again.

Adebayor admits the episode dented his confidence, but he is now sure he can excel under Redknapp's tutelage.

"I've been through a lot of difficult moments," he added.

"What I need is to play football.

"Harry Redknapp is a great manager and a great person. As a footballer it is really important to work with a person who really understands you, which is the key for me and he's one of the few who really understands me which is good for me.

"There's a lot of good players here and I'm here to do my job, score goals, play football, enjoy myself once again on the pitch.

"I'm in a club where everyone has confidence in me, everyone trusts me, everyone knows what I am capable of doing, which is important for me, and it's up to me to show them that they are not wrong."

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