Jermain Defoe dismisses talk of Spurs exit

Defoe going nowhere! Spurs striker rules out leaving White Hart Lane

Jermain Defoe has no intention of quitting Tottenham despite his frustration at a lack of playing time.

The striker has been linked with a move to Liverpool after failing to hold down a regular starting role this season.

Defoe has had to bide his time as Emmanuel Adebayor leads the line, with Rafael van der Vaart in behind, but the England international is set for a start this weekend.

Here to stay: Jermain Defoe has vowed to fight for his place at Spurs

Here to stay: Jermain Defoe has vowed to fight for his place at Spurs

Adebayor cannot face Manchester City on Sunday under the conditions of his loan from the Premier League leaders and Harry Redknapp is likely to turn to Defoe.

It will be a rare top-flight start for the forward but he insists he has never considered walking away.

Defoe said: 'It's not a case of me saying “I want to go, I'm not playing, I want to leave”. I've been here six years – I've never said that once. The fans know that.

Bring it on: Younes Kaboul is relishing Spurs' clash with Manchester City on Sunday

Bring it on: Younes Kaboul is relishing Spurs' clash with Manchester City on Sunday

'I could understand if I was 19, 20 and I had time on my hands, but I'm 29 now and all I want to do is play.'

Meanwhile, Spurs defender Younes Kaboul has stoked the flames ahead of the crunch clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Spurs
are just five points off the top of the table but City's Joleon Lescott
this week dismissed the chances of Harry Redknapp's side landing the
title.

But Kaboul insists the north Londoners have nothing to fear from Roberto Mancini's men.

He
said: 'It's not scary. It will be the same as facing Wolves in our last
game. It will be a tough away game with a good atmosphere but we can do
something.

'Everyone
is waiting for that game, it's going to be a big game and we need to
prepare properly. I'm sure it will be a good one to watch.'

Spurs were thumped 5-1 by City on their own patch in August but they have lost just one Premier League match since.

Kaboul
added: 'We are not talking about being champions, it's only outside the
club that people think that. For us the only important thing is to work
hard and try to be in the Champions League next season.'

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