Andre Villas-Boas has denied Jermain Defoe will leave Tottenham in January, and compared him to in-demand Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao.
Defoe has been in superb form so far this term and already has seven Premier League strikes to his name.
The Tottenham striker has been linked with a move to hook up once more with former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp who was announced as QPR boss last week, however Villas-Boas insists there is no chance of him leaving White Hart Lane any time soon.
“That's not possible," Villas-Boas said ahead of Spurs’ clash against Liverpool at White Hart Lane this evening. "It's absolutely impossible. We have the belief in him."
Villas-Boas, who took over at Spurs in the summer and has so far guided the north London team to 7th in the league, also claimed that Defoe had similar qualities to Falcao, who is reportedly a £48 million January transfer target for Manchester City and Chelsea.
The Colombian forward led the line for Villas-Boas’ Porto side during their historic quadruple-winning season two years ago, and the Spurs boss puts him and Defoe in a league of their own – ahead of the likes of Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba.
"He is one of the best strikers I have worked with," the 35-year-old said.
"I certainly put him alongside Falcao. His hunger for goal is extreme. That makes things easier for you to work with because you don't have to teach a lot.
"I don't have a lot of experience. The experience I have is with a couple of strikers, but I put him up there with the best.
"He smells every cross and when the opportunity is there to tap it in.
"Plus he has the ability to turn on the defenders and he still has the pace in him to cause chaos."
He added: “At Chelsea things were a bit different, irregular in terms of our goalscoring ability.
“We reached January with Didier and Fernando on three goals each which makes things a little more difficult.”
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