Tottenham target Leandro Damiao insists he is committed to his club Internacional – for now.
Rumours that Tottenham have renewed their long-standing interest in Damiao has intensified in recent weeks.
That speculation looks set to gather more pace in the coming days after Emmanuel Adebayor’s decision to go to the African Nations Cup with Togo left Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas with one recognised striker – Jermain Defoe.
Damiao last night denied that there have been any firm bids lodged for the him, but when asked whether he could guarantee Internacional fans he would be playing for them in the upcoming season, the 23-year-old stopped well short of committing his long-term future to the club.
“I guarantee that, for now,” Damiao told Brazilian website Zero Hora. “There has been no proposal, no negotiations. I am only thinking about Internacional.
“The president is the one who decides.”
Internacional, who signed the striker four years ago, appear to be playing hardball in their attempt to keep hold of the hitman, with club president Giovanni Luigi reported to have said that only a “spectacular” offer will tempt him to part ways with the striker who was top scorer at London 2012.
Adebayor, meanwhile, has finally decided to play in the African Nations Cup.
After weeks of indecision, the 28 year-old has agreed to play in the tournament, which runs between Jan 19 and Feb 10, after receiving assurances from Togo president Faure Gnassingbe about team security at the tournament.
“I have met the head of state on two occasions. We talked, I told him what was wrong with Togolese football,” said Adebayor, who was on the Togo team bus that was ambushed by armed gunman at the 2010 tournament in Angola.
“He must, at all costs, find solutions. We discussed it and he guaranteed that he will take charge of everything.
“In 2010 I wanted to go to the African Nations Cup to win and you saw all that happened, how that turned out. I hope this time will be better for me, for my team-mates, for all of Togo.”
Villas-Boas has always insisted he would be happy for Adebayor to play in the tournament, but the former Arsenal man hinted that might not actually be the case.
Speaking in an interview with africatopsports.com that was published on the Togo Football Federation’s website, Adebayor said: “That is what he said to the press, but not what he said to me.
“There is a difference between what you say to the press and what you say in private.”
Adebayor will join up with his international team-mates after Tottenham’s Premier League game at QPR on Saturday and could be missing for up to four games thereafter.