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Emmanuel Adebayor I am not a bad apple

Premier League: Controversial Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor insists he does not deserve to have a negative reputation

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Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor insists he is not a bad apple and claims his new club's fans already love him.

The 31-year-old, who has played for the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham, made his Palace debut in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at the hands of AFC Bournemouth – his first club appearance since May.

He feels he has attracted a negative reputation, but rejected the notion that he can cause trouble for his managers off the pitch.

"There is a bad reputation about Adebayor, but if you ask every single manager that I work under, maybe [only] one or two would say I am a bad apple in the dressing room," the Togo international told Sky Sports.

"I am always smiling with everyone. It is a good squad with good players and I can guarantee that the squad in the dressing room is one of the best. It makes life easier for me.

"I do not have anything to prove. I just want to enjoy my football. I have been there and done it. The fans already love me, so I have to do my best. I always have a smile on my face.

"He [manager Alan Pardew] said I have to be a leader, which means I have to set an example, I have to come on time in training, do my job professionally and that is what I am doing."

Adebayor was without a club from September after his release from Tottenham, but played down any worries over how ready he was to contribute in the Premier League.

"I have not played a full game since May, but I think I have played more than these guys in the Premier League," he said.

"It is quite easy to organise a game in Africa. I just had to call some of my friends and tell them I was in the mood to play football. Then we would play a proper game with proper professionals."

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