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Defoe facing Spurs predicament as Redknapp targets new striker

Jermaine Defoe has maintained that he doesn’t want to leave Tottenham in the summer but is eager to secure first-team football according to Sky Sports.

The 29-year-old suffered a frustrating campaign at White Hart Lane playing second fiddle to Emmanuel Adebayor and then Louis Saha despite netting 11 goals in 29 games for Harry Redknapp’s side.

It was enough to earn him a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2012 but with Redknapp on the hunt for a new striker has left Defoe in an uncertain situation.

He is likely to be pushed further down the pecking order in North London and admits he will wait until he’s returned from the international duty before coming to a decision.

“It is a difficult one” he said. “I have never said I want to leave the club, all I have just said is I want to play.

“As a forward you just want to get some sort of rhythm and a run in the team. That wasn’t the case towards the end of the season.

“I am going to concentrate on England and go to the Euros, then see what happens.

“The most important thing for me is scoring goals and that is when I am at my happiest.”

Despite finishing fourth in the Premier League Spurs will play in the Europa League next season due to Chelsea’s Champions League triumph.

Defoe, who is in his second spell at the club having resigned from Portsmouth in January 2008, believes Spurs met their targets but insists they need to retain their star players if they are to qualify for Europe’s elite competition next year.

“The main aim of the season was to finish in the top four, and we have done that. What happened with Chelsea was out of our hands and was just unfortunate.

“There have been lots of ups and downs, but we all stuck together and still performed.

“Some players like Luka Modric and Gareth Bale are players you cannot replace, so it is important to keep them.”

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