Jermain Defoe has reiterated his desire to get a regular place in the Tottenham first team, but insists he does not want to leave White Hart Lane, ESPN
The England international has slipped down in the strikers’ pecking order in North London and has had to resort to a bench role behind Togolese international Emmanuel Adebayor. Defoe has been linked with a move away in the January transfer window and despite his frustrations, the 29 year old will not ask for a transfer from Spurs.
Defoe said: ‘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”. 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 it 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’.
The 29 year old could be in line for a start against Manchester City this weekend, due to Adebayor’s ineligibility with his loan move from the league leaders. Defoe has stated that he is fully committed to the Spurs cause and wants three points from the trip to Manchester, which will draw the North Londoners to within two points of City.
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