Date:Sunday November 9 2008
It might not have been the most convincing of 'I am not leaving' speeches, but Jermain Defoe has been quoted in The Telegraph as basically saying as much: 'I'm a Portsmouth player and I'll continue working hard for the club. I'm enjoying my time here. I'm scoring goals and I'm part of a good team. We're pushing up the table so why would I think about leaving and, anyway, Tony Adams is trying to build something here.
'He's a good manager and training has been fantastic all week. I am playing with good players and for me that is the most important thing.
'Obviously, Harry brought me to Portsmouth and I was with him at West Ham, so it's only normal that people are going to say those sorts of things about me. People are going to write stuff and ask 'is he going to go back to Spurs?' It's normal. Speculation is part and parcel of being a footballer.
'I wouldn't say recent events have affected me. It's at the back of your mind but once you get out there playing you're not going to be thinking about it. That's also part and parcel of football. Managers come and managers go.'
Of course I want Defoe to stay at Pompey, who would not want a striker of his pedigree playing for us - but at the end of the day we support the club and not individual players and so on... that said I would be gutted if he left as he is the best striker we have had at the club for years!
Tony Adams, maybe adopting such that policy of 'he supports the club not the players', has not exactly come out shouting and screaming about his desire to keep him though: 'if Jermain keeps scoring I will keep him.
'That's tongue in cheek but he does have to keep banging in the goals. He's here today and we'll talk about tomorrow, tomorrow.'
Hopefully this is just Adams trying to take a 'comical view' on the situation. Then again maybe he sees him as a 'commodity' that could bring him in funds for other players - but then again even if he sells would he be able to buy... All in all though I would not have thought he could seriously want to willingly sell such a striker, could he...
We are now at the point where we just have to carry on enjoying what we can while we can - we cannot influence what might or might not happen so lets just carry on enjoying it and let whatever happens happen, which I guess is what Adams in a roundabout what might have been trying to say?
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Sunday November 9 2008
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