Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

RAFA: WE LOVE ADE AND MUST KEEP HIM; VAN DER VAART SAYS LOAN STRIKER IS VITAL FOR SPURS Rafa in Plea over Adebayor

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

RAFA: WE LOVE ADE AND MUST KEEP HIM; VAN DER VAART SAYS LOAN STRIKER IS VITAL FOR SPURS Rafa in Plea over Adebayor

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Byline: Henry Swarbrick Sports Correspondent

RAFAEL VAN DER VAART today urged Tottenham to persuade Emmanuel Adebayor to stay, saying he is one of the best strikers he has played with.

The Togo international has seven games remaining of his season's loan from Manchester City and underlined his value to Spurs by scoring twice in yesterday's 3-1 win over Swansea.

Although Adebayor is understood to be happy in north London, his salary threatens a long-term deal. The 28-yearold earns [pounds sterling]170,000 a week -- [pounds sterling]65,000 from Spurs and the rest from City -- but no one else at White Hart Lane is paid more than [pounds sterling]70,000 a week.

If Spurs qualify for the Champions League for the second time in three years then the club could increase their pay ceiling, enhancing the chances of Adebayor remaining.

"He is a great player for us, works his socks off and we love him here," said Van der Vaart. "He played for Real Madrid, Arsenal and City and I was surprised he came but I hope he stays. "He is a top striker, one of the best I've played with. I played with Ruud van Nistelrooy, (with Real Madrid and Holland) he was fantastic. Normally strikers wait for their chances and score but he [Adebayor] is working and even when he doesn't score he is still important for the team and that's what makes him a big man for us. Last season I had a good understanding with [Peter] Crouch but with him it's even better. He is tall, strong and also is not selfish."

Van der Vaart is among Spurs' top earners and joked he would sacrifice some of his own salary to keep his team-mate at the club. "I think he doesn't need it but I will ask him," said the Dutchman.

A five-game winless run -- stretching back to last month's 5-2 defeat against Arsenal -- saw Spurs blow a 10-point lead over the Gunners to fall four points behind their north London rivals. …

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