Tottenham Hotspur striker rules out January exit

Frustrated Defoe wants to stay and fight for his place at Tottenham Hotspur

Jermain Defoe insists he has no intention of leaving Tottenham Hotspur during the January transfer window and says he has a ‘special relationship’ with the fans.

Defoe has scored nine goals in 15 games this season, yet still finds himself left out of the side in favour of summer signing Roberto Soldado.

The 31-year-old admitted it is a frustrating scenario, but the former West Ham United and Portsmouth striker says he is determined to stay at White Hart Lane and force his way back into Andre Villas-Boas’s first-team picture.

“Of course it is frustrating that for all the goals, I have not had much of a chance in the Premier League,” Defoe told the Express.

“Fans ask me all the time, but I don’t need to tell anybody I am frustrated. That is just normal. People know I love my football, and I love scoring goals. When I am not getting the opportunity to do that, it is frustrating.

“But I have never once said I wanted to leave this football club. Even when I left the first time, I didn’t say I wanted to leave the club. All I will say is I want to play.”

Defoe has been linked with a move to Championship side QPR, which would see him playing under his former manager Harry Redknapp. However, he says his strong bond with the Spurs support makes it virtually impossible for him to leave.

He said: “I would rather say to the gaffer, ‘Give me a chance’. I don’t want to go to him and say, ‘I am leaving the club’. I love the club and everybody knows that. “I have got a special relationship with the fans and even when I left before, the club dentist called me during a Spurs game so I could hear the fans were still singing my name even when I was a Portsmouth player. I will never forget that.

“I came back and it has been great. If the day came when I have to go, it would be hard. All my friends are here and every game I play, when I put that shirt on, it feels like the first game.”

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