Tottenham boss Villas-Boas: Adebayor one of the greatest strikers in the world

The Portuguese manager insists that the Togo international remains part of his plans at White Hart Lane, and says that he has no intention to sell or loan the forward
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says that Emmanuel Adebayor is "one of the greatest strikers in the world", and that he is not for sale.

Adebayor's season has been disrupted by injury and lack of form so far, as he has failed to establish himself in the Spurs team since leaving Manchester City in the summer, with Villas-Boas often opting to start Jermain Defoe in a lone striker's role.

However, Villas-Boas says that the 28-year-old still has a role to play at the club, and that he rates the forward very highly.

"Certainly there is no interest in selling or loaning Adebayor," Villas-Boas told reporters. "We brought him in this season, unfortunately for him it hasn't been working out in terms of injuries.

"We have full belief in Adebayor, he is one of the greatest strikers in the world. Sooner or later he is going to be back in the squad.

"Even though a defeat against Maribor doesn't mathematically disqualify us, it is a game we have to win. We are in this competition to win it."