- Jose Mourinho holds a special place in Emmanuel Adebayor's heart
- The Togolese played under the Special One during a loan spell in 2011
- Adebayor played under Wenger for five years during a spell at Arsenal
- Wenger is not even the second best manager Adebayor has played under
Togo international Emmanuel Adebayor says Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is the best manager he has ever worked with.
Adebayor played under the Portuguese for six months at Real Madrid when he was loaned from Manchester City to Los Blancos in January 2011.
The controversial player admitted that the Portuguese is truly the special one and fired a shot a Arsene Wenger saying Mourinho is the only coach who still keeps in touch with him.
“Without a doubt, the best manager I ever worked with has been Jose Mourinho,” Adebayor was quoted by Turkish Football.
“Like everyone says he is the ‘Special One’, the guy is a special person and he is the only coach who still keeps in close contact with me.
“We regularly talk, he is more than a manager. Mourinho holds a special place for me, he is on another level, there is nobody I have played under that is like him, they do not come close."
“What you will notice about Mourinho is that most players who played under him have so much respect and admiration for him. I am one of them," he added.
“He treats you with respect, makes you feel special, he makes players feel better about themselves. That is something rare and what makes him stand out."
Adebayor added that Abdullahi Avci, his current manager at İstanbul Başakşehir is his second best manager.
He said: “What I will say is that there is one manager that comes close to Mourinho, Abdullah Avci.
“He shares some similar qualities with Mourinho, he makes players feel special and is great at understanding and getting the best out of players.”
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the player might be dating Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji after calling her his baby on Instagram.
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