Jermain Defoe insists his heart will always be at Tottenham

General View of White Hart Lane

Jermain Defoe is Tottenham Hotspur's fifth-highest goalscorer of all-time in all competitions.

Jermain Defoe celebrates after scoring for TottenhamJermain Defoe has been reflecting on his time with Tottenham

Jermain Defoe has told Tottenham's official website that he continues to try and watch as many Spurs games as possible and insisted that his heart will always be with his old club.

Defoe sits fifth on Spurs' list of all-time leading goalscorers, with many of 143 goals in all competitions - from his two spells at the club - coming at White Hart Lane. 

Tottenham's Jermain Defoe celebrates his goalDefoe is Spurs' fifth-highest leading goalscorer

And while reflecting upon his time playing at the famous stadium, Defoe - who is on the verge of switching relegated Sunderland for Bournemouth this summer (via BBC Sport) - explained that he has never lost that love for Tottenham.

“Now it’s special watching this team, not just winning games but going unbeaten at home all season and not just winning, dominating games as well. Arsenal, dominated. I watched that – I watch as many Spurs games as I can – and I can’t remember playing Arsenal and just dominating from start to finish. Look at the games this week! Harry Kane! I always said ‘H’ was a finisher. It’s a special time for the Club," he told the club's official website.

Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld and Sunderland's Jermain Defoe shake hands at full time

“You move on and new players come through, fantastic players, but I’m still there as fifth all-time top goalscorer. I just think of the legends who have played at the Club. To know that when I’ve finished playing I can look at that list and see my name is something special. My heart will always be at that Club.”

While the 34-year-old is reaching the twilight of his career, there may well be some Spurs fans who will be slightly disappointed that the club will seemingly not be bringing their former striker back one more time.

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe shoots at goal

With Harry Kane in such incredible form over the past couple of seasons, Mauricio Pochettino arguably needs a reliable goalscorer in reserve, ready to step in and contribute if Kane is unavailable for any reason, especially if Vincent Janssen continues to largely struggle. 

And based on how he played for the Black Cats this past season, it would be difficult to argue that Defoe could not have been that additional goalscorer supporting Kane and Janssen.

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