Spurs manager Harry Redknapp preferred on-loan Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor in the lone forward position last season and the arrival of Louis Saha from Everton in January limited his chances even further.
Despite this lack of regular first team action, Defoe has managed to secure a place in England’s Euro 2012 squad for the summer showpiece in Poland and Ukraine, but he is concerned about his situation at Spurs.
“It’s a difficult one, I’ve never said I want to leave the club, I’ve just said I want to play,” he said in an interview with talkSPORT when questioned about his Tottenham future.
“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’m just going to see what happens. I’m going to concentrate on England and Euro 2012. The most important thing for me is scoring goals and that’s when I’m at my happiest.”
The 29-year-old made 25 appearances in the Premier League this season, but only 11 of those were starts – although he did still manage to find the target 11 times.
This situation may change next season, as there is no certainty that club chairman Daniel Levy and Adebayor can come to an agreement over a permanent deal – the City striker’s current wages, plus a transfer fee, would likely be too high for Spurs.