Adebayor who was loaned from Manchester City to Real Madrid in 2011 admitted that the Portuguese is truly the special one because he makes him special and remains the only coach who still keeps in touch with him.
“Without a doubt, the best manager I ever worked with has been Jose Mourinho,” Adebayor was quoted by Turkish Football
“Like everyone says he is the ‘Special One’, the guy is a special person and he is the only coach who still keeps in close contact with me.
“We regularly talk, he is more than a manager. Mourinho holds a special place for me, he is on another level, there is nobody I have played under that is like him, they do not come close.''
“What you will notice about Mourinho is that most players who played under him have so much respect and admiration for him. I am one of them,'' he added.
“He treats you with respect, makes you feel special, he makes players feel better about themselves. That is something rare and what makes him stand out.
“What I will say is that there is one manager that comes close to Mourinho, Abdullah Avci.
“He shares some similar qualities with Mourinho, he makes players feel special and is great at understanding and getting the best out of players.”
Adebayor enjoyed a debut season in Turkey with six goals in 11 league games as İstanbul Başakşehir ended the 2016-17 season as the second best team in the Turkish Super Lig.