Jermain Defoe leaves Tottenham Hotspur for MLS side Toronto FC
Jermain Defoe believes it is the right time for him to leave Tottenham Hotspur and re-start his career at the MLS team Toronto FC. The English striker will soon make his exit from the Spurs and arrive in the MLS, where he is expected to make an immediate impact.
Defoe, who has spent most of his career in London, has scored 143 goals in two tenures with Tottenham Hotspur. The 31-year-old England international has spent 11 seasons in service of the Spurs. Despite his goals and achievements at the London club, Defoe has grown out of favor at White Hart Lane.
As a matter of fact Defoe’s career has come to a virtual stop at Tottenham Hotspur, especially after the arrival of Roberto Soldado and the reincarnation of Emmanuel Adebayor. Defoe was overshadowed by Soldado when Andre Villas-Boas was ruling over Spurs and remained an outcast when Tim Sherwood replaced him.
“I was there nine years so you can imagine what it's like. I think everyone knows how I feel about Tottenham,” Defoe told Sky Sports ahead of his imminent departure to Toronto FC. “I have had a special relationship with the fans over the years but it's football and players move on. At the age of 31 it is a great opportunity for me and my family.”
Defoe still has a one year contract left with Tottenham Hotspur, but his desire to move away is being respected by the club’s manager Tim Sherwood and chairman Daniel Levy. Defoe revealed that his family played a big role in supporting him for his decision to move away to the MLS.
“I've been through some things with my family over the last few years and sometimes it is nice to have a change,” Defoe added. “I only had a year left on my contract at Tottenham. If you have a year left and someone comes in and offers you four, you have to think about it and consider your options. It's as simple as that.”
Sherwood has labelled Defoe ready to play for England in the World Cup this summer. Defoe, who has scored 19 goals in 55 caps for England, claims he will be ready to shine if his country calls him for duty.
“Hopefully the manager knows what I can do. I am 31 and I have played in the Premiership my whole career,” Defoe said. “There's not much more I need to prove but it's down to the manager, he picks the squad. If I get picked to play for my country, I will be ready.”