Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has spoken highly of new recruit Emmanuel Adebayor ahead of their La Liga clash with Osasuna on Sunday.
The retired Togo international has been included in Mourinho’s squad for the match at the Bernabeu, and the Portuguese boss is hopeful Adebayor can have an immediate impact as the Mallorcans aim to recover from their shock 1-1 draw with strugglers Almeria last weekend.
Mourinho bought Adebayor to shore up his quality goal-scoring stocks, given the layoff of Gonzalo Higuain to injury.
“Obviously I am very happy. I always wanted it and I consider it important for the team to have three strikers, so that when we lose one like (Gonzalo) Higuain we have cover in two great forwards,” he said.
“The situation is calm for the team now that we have two attackers like Adebayor and Karim (Benzema). It is often difficult for a striker to come into a new team, but he has a lot of quality and experience. He has played in big clubs and knows what it is like to play under pressure to win.”
Questioned whether or not the 26-year-old would fit in at Madrid, both on and off the pitch, Mourinho said he had no doubt Adebayor would settle in without a fuss.
“He is an option here, he is loved and has responsibility, but also pride in playing for Real Madrid. He is going through a change of team, team-mates and manager, league and country, culture and opponents,” he said.
“I think that he will not have problems with the squad, I like him and he has a lot of experience – despite being young. He will do well for us.”