Defoe staying put at Tottenham

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Jermain Defoe insists he will not be leaving Tottenham this January despite increased speculation QPR boss Neil Warnock is preparing to launch a bid to take the England international to Loftus Road.

Defoe has found his opportunities to impress limited so far this season, with Spurs boss Harry Redknapp preferring to partner Rafael Van Der Vaart with Emmanuel Adebayor in attack.

However the former West Ham forward bagged five goals in the reserve fixture against Charlton to give Redknapp a reminder of his striking prowess, and the former West Ham and Portsmouth insisted he is committed to staying at White Hart Lane and fighting for a place in the starting line up.

"Fans who have probably read things come up to me every day and say, 'Don't leave the club'," he told the Mirror.

"I was at a charity dinner the other night when a fan came up and said it to me.

"I've done it before - when I went to Portsmouth and scored my goals to remind people what I can do - but I am committed to Tottenham. I love the club and I love the fans.

"Its a really important time for the club. Everyone wants to play their part and I'm no different."

Defoe recorded his 100th appearance for Tottenham in their 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday, coming off the bench to replace Van Der Vaart, who is a doubt for this weekend’s fixture against West Brom.

“The manager and his staff have always been supportive and they've said I've just been unlucky as the team is playing so well,” the England striker said of his spell on the sidelines.

"I can't just tell the manager to change a winning team just for me. I know that. The lads have been brilliant. But I am fit, sharp and ready if I am called upon."

While Defoe has spent recent weeks on the sidelines Spurs have gone into overdrive, powering their way up to third in the Barclays Premier League thanks to a run of nine games unbeaten since their 5-1 defeat against Manchester City in August.

While Defoe insists Spurs should not get ahead of themselves, he remains positive about their chances of a Champions League spot this year, while also admitting he has one eye on the title.

"It feels just like the last time we finished in the top four," he said. "There is the same buzz around the place. It's not arrogance. It's the same confidence.

"Every game we go into, we respect our opponents but we have the belief in our own ability that we can get the result we want. We just want to keep that going.

"It must be great to watch. The way the lads move the ball, the energy in the team. Even if we miss chances the manager knows we will create more.

"I've seen all the talk about the title and nobody is saying we are definitely going to do that. Manchester City have got fantastic players and Manchester United have seen it all before.

"But we are there in third place and if the top two slip up, you never know what could happen."

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