I don’t want to leave Tottenham Hotspur, insists Jermain Defoe
Reported Liverpool target Jermain Defoe has dismissed rumours suggesting he is seeking a move away from White Hart Lane
Jermain Defoe insists he is not looking to quit Tottenham Hotspur, despite sepculation linking the striker with a £10m move to Liverpool.
The 29-year-old has struggled to hold down a place in Spurs’ first-team with Harry Redknapp preferring to use on-loan Emmanuel Adebayor to partner Rafael van der Vaart.
But although Defoe has underlined his desire to start playing regularly for Tottenham again – but he denied asking for a move away from White Hart Lane.
“At the end of the day it’s not a case of me saying I want to go here, I’m not playing, I want to leave the club,” Defoe told Sky Sports. “I’ve been here six years, I’ve never said that once. I think the fans know that.
“It’s just a case of me playing. I could understand if I was 19, 20 and I had time on my hands but I’m 29 now and, like I’ve always said, all I want to do is play football. It’s as simple as that.”
“As it stands I’m a Tottenham player and if I do play against Manchester City I’ll be fully committed. I’m sure everyone knows that at the club.”
Defoe has enjoyed two spells at White Hart Lane, with the striker moving back to Spurs from Portsmouth for £15m in 2009 and netting 32 league goals since his return.
The Charlton Athletic youth product has chipped in with seven goals this season and he has backed Spurs to win the Premier League title ahead of their crunch clash at Manchester City on Sunday.
“I’m going to say what the manager says – it’s not impossible,” he continued. “I think when you really believe anything is possible.
“The way we’re playing is fantastic. The chances we’re creating, the intensity we’re playing at, the way we move the ball; it’s just been great. It’s a good time to be at the club, everyone is enjoying it.”