Emmanuel Adebayor admits he had a “complicated” relationship with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy during his spell at White Hart Lane.
The Crystal Palace striker had a mixed four years at Spurs, initially impressing under Harry Redknapp before been frozen out by Mauricio Pochettino.
Adebayor, who was released by the north Londoners in September, insists he has no problems with Pochettino, but cannot say the same with regards to Levy.
“With the club itself, it wasn’t a good relationship with the chairman Daniel Levy as he made everything complicated,” he told the Croydon Advertiser.
“But at the end of the day, I know where I am from and if you want something, you have to stand strong for it, and I stand strong for what I think.
“People will judge you, but I know what I have been through in my life and what I stand for. My relationship with Mauricio was beautiful. I think we had a very, very good relationship with man-to-man conversations.
“We always talked, but at the time he told me ‘Emmanuel, I can’t count on you anymore’ and I understood that. I realised my time at Tottenham was over and I moved on.
“Today, Tottenham are happy – they are playing well – and I am happy playing for Palace. We both have moved on as a club and as a player.”
Adebayor is set to make his first return to White Hart Lane since joining Palace in January when the two sides meet in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday.