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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Defoe not seeking Tottenham exit

Jermain Defoe has told the Daily Express he is frustrated at Tottenham Hotspur but does not want to leave the club.

Jermain Defoe celebrates after becoming Tottenham's all-time top scorer in European competition.
Defoe has scored nine goals in all competitions this season.

Fitch: AVB's stubborn streak

Defoe, 31, has struggled for regular first-team football this season, making just one Premier League start following the summer signing of Roberto Soldado from Valencia.

However, the England international is keen to fight for his place under head coach Andre Villas-Boas, despite rumours linking him with a move away from the club in January.

"Of course it is frustrating that for all the goals, I have not had much of a chance in the Premier League," he told the Daily 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."

Defoe left Tottenham for Portsmouth in 2008 only to return a year later, and the striker has talked up his affinity for the White Hart Lane side.

"Even when I left the first time, I didn't say I wanted to leave the club," Defoe said. "All I will say is that I want to play.

"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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