Emmanuel Adebayor has been released by Tottenham after agreeing an early termination of his $£100,000 a week contract.
Tottenham confirmed on Sunday morning that the forward, who reportedly earned around £5million a year, has been released – suggesting that Spurs have paid him up to the end of his contract, which would have run until next June.
We can confirm that we’ve reached a mutual agreement with @E_Adebayor which will see him released from his contract with the Club.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 13, 2015
Rumours are already swirling that Aston Villa could be the next landing place for a player whose talent is only exceeded by his inconsistency.
The news comes two days after Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said Adebayor he has no future at the club.
The Togo international rejected moves to Aston Villa and West Ham United in the recent transfer window and Pochettino told reporters on Friday that the striker, who has been left out of Tottenham’s Premier League and Europa League squads, would not play for him again.
“I was very clear with him, we had a conversation before the end of last season and I explained my idea,” Pochettino said at the time.
“I don’t need to explain much more, I think it is clear he is not in my idea, in my mind or in the plans for the future of Tottenham.
“In football it is about the present and tomorrow, it is not about yesterday. In football it all runs quick and changes everyday, the more important thing is that I was clear with him and clear with the situation.”
Adebayor has also fallen out of favour with Togo coach Tom Saintfiet, who likened him to a bad date and said this week that the 31-year-old had failed to respond to a call-up for an African Nations Cup qualifier.
“If you are dating a woman who does not want to respond positively, then you must look for another woman,” Saintfiet said.
“For me, it is clear that he is a player who does not want to play for his country any more.”