Emmanuel Adebayor is confident that he will become Andre Villas-Boas' first choice striker by the end of the season, insisting he never wanted to leave Tottenham despite strong speculation he was set for an exit in the summer.
Adebayor signed permanently for Spurs in the summer of 2012 after spending a successful season on loan at the club from Manchester City, but the striker was unable to reproduce the form that made him so loved by the fans after his first campaign.
Over the 2012-13 season Adebayor scored just eight times for Tottenham and his future looked to be in jeopardy when Villas-Boas splurged on Spain striker Roberto Soldado early in the transfer window.
The Togo international was linked with a move to Schalke, but Adebayor has said that he agreed with Villas-Boas before the summer had started that he would stay with the club for the next season.
"You learned about Schalke 04 because it was in the press, but there were many clubs that fancy me and whose proposals were still on the table," he told Togolese radio station Frequence 1.
"But I decided with my manager, even before the start of the transfer window that I would not leave Tottenham and that's what I did.
"I have never thought of leaving the Spurs. I am here, my family feels great here and I do not see myself in another city."
Adebayor added that he believes he can still be the club's top striker this season despite the acquisition of Soldado and the late purchase of attacking star Eric Lamela.
"Today I will not tell you that I 'm stronger than Soldado or Defoe or Lamela," he explained.
"We now have four in the attack, I do not know who ranks first, second or third but I know at the end I will be the first and it is the most important."