Tottenham confirmed via a statement that the club has released Adebayor from his contract, ending four-year roller coaster ride that has caused player, club, and fans all plenty of headache.
“We can confirm that we have reached a mutual agreement with Emmanuel Adebayor which will see him released from his contract with the club,” Spurs wrote in their official statement. “We wish Emmanuel well for the future.”
The 31-year-old has not made a single appearance yet this season either for club or country. He’s not been included in any Spurs squad yet this year – not even on the bench – and he refused to turn up for Togo’s international match last week, causing manager Tom Saintfiet to say he will never pick Adebayor again as long as he’s in charge.
Adebayor is a proven goalscorer, but he’s also a declining player with a ton of baggage, and will therefore struggle to find a team that will pay him what he wants. Before backing out of a transfer for religious reasons this summer, he reportedly had ridiculous demands like Spurs pay the difference of any salary decrease of any new club he were to find. If he continues to require terms like those, finding a new club will be quite the tall task.
The Togo international joined Spurs from Manchester City on loan in 2011 before joining permanently a year later for $28 million. He scored a whopping 17 Premier League goals in the 2011/12 season, but has just bagged 18 in the three-plus seasons since.