Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has stated that the club have no desire to sell Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Togolese striker has struggled to establish himself in the first-team set-up following his permanent arrival from Manchester City during the summer.

This has led to reports that the 28-year-old may leave the London club in January, but Villas-Boas insists that he will be staying and that he is also a key part of the squad:

“Certainly there is no interest in selling or loaning Adebayor.” He told SkySports.

“We brought him in this season, unfortunately for him it hasn’t been working out in terms of injuries.

“We have full belief in Adebayor, he is one of the greatest strikers in the world.

“Sooner or later he is going to be back in the squad.”

Adebayor spent last season on loan at White Hart Lane and was impressive.

However, this term he has been overlooked on multiple occasions in favour of Jermain Defoe, who has enjoyed a fine start to the campaign.

The North Londoners take on FC Maribor in the Europa League this evening in a game that the Portuguese manager insists they must win:

“Even though a defeat against Maribor doesn’t mathematically disqualify us, it is a game we have to win. We are in this competition to win it.”

Adebayor is rumoured to be in line to start the game, as are midfield duo Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore.