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Defoe not planning a Pompey getaway

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?

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 9 2008

Time: 9:58PM

Your Comments

I'm not convinced by what tony adams said... and even what jermain said is all you would expect him to say really. If he came out saying "I want to join spurs now" - even if he was provoked - people would be in uproar... however having said that, I think he will stay. at least untill the summer anyway
pompeycarpet
He's in the form of his life at the moment - playing at Pompey has given him back his confidence. I wouldn't be surprised if he did want to stay...
The_Legend_Of_Zola
Depends if he were sure that he would spend more time on the pitch than the bench at a bigger club (tho a club with Defoe consistently on the bench would be berks to do so)
hammersmithblue
Back in the England squad and scoring goals why would he not want to stay? As HSB says of to a 'bigger' club to sit on the bench would not suit him.
eastneydave
Agreed. I think he is happy to be playing week in week out and scoring goals. With Hesky possibly out for the next England game we might finally get to see Defoe and Crouch start.
sneakay
They all want to stay as long as they see some progress, are being looked after & not tempted away by any greener grass.
storagematt
Exactly! Let's see him hammer the Hammers on Saturday, that'll cheer him up a bit (and us)
hammersmithblue
he wont have any choice if we decide to sell him!...saying that now Benji's playing again we should start seing some of that money! :)
CharlieChimes
In all honesty, I don't think Harry will have the money to buy Defoe even if he wants him. In any event, would Defoe get as much match time with Spurs as he is getting with us? Doesn't look as tho they will need him that much, does it? Hopefully, Defoe will be happy being a big fish in a little pond.
Gandor
rumours now say Harry will bid 10m for Uakubu, but Moyes will not let him go without a fight
pompeyyong
Defoe can't go to Spuds in January without special dispensation from th PL/FA. Apparentley you cant re-sign for your previous club within 12 months. This has been stated before but the press seem to ignore the fact (can't let it get in the way of a good story). The fact that he was on loan first means he didn't sign for us till after the end of January.
NorfolknBlue
I am getting fed up with a Spuds fan at work who keeps smiling at me and saying "Sorry about Harry!" Hope they muck up royally very soon (come on Met Police, you must be able to fit Harry up by now?) Meanwhle was amused by heading on PFC website "Nadir's at his Zenith" which made me think that if Belhadj ever leaves us, he should aim to move to Zenit St Petersburg so that Nadir can really be at his Zenit...except that Zenit have said they will never buy a non-white player so sadly, the intricate wit and wordplay wll never come true. Which is fine as I think he's GREAT,
hammersmithblue
 

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