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Published: 16:26 | 27/1/16

Adebayor aiming to enjoy himself

Striker delights in Palace move

Emmanuel Adebayor says that he is ready to enjoy his football once again, having signed for Crystal Palace.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City striker last appeared in the Premier League in early May of last year, coming on as a late substitute for Tottenham Hotspur against City.

The Togo international was released by Spurs in September but has kept in shape whilst without a club, and Palace have secured his services until the end of the current season.

"I will have a good chat with the manager (Alan Pardew) to see where my fitness level is at," Adebayor told the club's official website.

"I have been working out every day and played a lot of games in Africa. It is not the same level, but the way I played it, I played as if I was playing in the Premier League.

"Maybe Saturday, maybe Tuesday night, maybe next weekend, we will all know where I am.

"Is it going to be hard? I don't think so. I just have to get out there, play my football and enjoy myself again."

Making the decision to join Palace was not a particularly tough one for Adebayor.

"We had a chat, and he (Pardew) knows me because I had the chance to play against (his teams) many times," said the frontman, who has so far scored 96 goals in 230 Premier League appearances.

"I will have to figure out how the team is playing, and have to adapt myself to it. Obviously I have been around the block, so that will not be hard to do.

"I chose Palace because my family is happy in London. Palace have been playing the football I like and they have a few players who are my friends."

Finding the net has been a significant problem for Palace, particularly of late, and the Eagles currently lie in the bottom half of the top-flight table.

"Personally, I don't have anything to achieve," added Adebayor. "I am going to go for the team, (and) whatever the team wants to achieve, I will follow them and help them win games.

"We have a lot of big games to play, so let's get out there and enjoy ourselves everyone. Let me laugh, enjoy myself, and hopefully I can bring that into the dressing room, the team will follow, and we will get where we want to get to."

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