Adebayor right at home with Mourinho
Emmanuel Adebayor has hailed the impact Jose Mourinho has had on his game since the Manchester City striker's loan move to Real Madrid.
The former Arsenal frontman moved to the Bernabeu on 25 January in a deal running to the end of the season, when the Spanish giants will have an option to make the signing permanent.
Adebayor, who had been pushed out to the fringes of the City squad, has already scored twice for his new club, netting in wins over Sevilla and Real Sociedad. "I'm very happy for scoring two goals," Adebayor told a press conference in Madrid today. "I will work hard every day to help win our games.
"It is very easy to work with Mourinho. He is an excellent person and he enhances my game," he added. "He has his own way of dealing with people. He tells you what he expects you to do."
Adebayor and City boss Roberto Mancini did not always see eye to eye, however the Italian left the door open for his possible return to Eastlands in the summer. The change of scenery looks to have sparked an upturn in the Togolese striker's fortunes, and the presence of several English-speaking team-mates has allowed him to settle.
"I want to thank my team-mates for helping me adapt so easily to this league championship. Granero, Ramos, Ronaldo, Pepe, Marcelo... They all speak English, so they understand me and I understand them. I am very happy to be here," Adebayor said.
Madrid are seven points behind leaders Barcelona in the Primera Division, but Adebayor vowed: "We will fight to the end to win every title."
The 26-year-old also gave an insight into the lasting impression the deadly terrorist attack on Togo's team bus ahead of last year's CAF African Nations Cup has had on him. "Luckily, I still have both my legs and can play football," he said. "I sometimes mistake loud noises for bullets, but I'm over it now and ready to work."