Villas-Boas determined to keep hold of Defoe

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Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas insists that Jermain Defoe will remain at White Hart Lane, amid much speculation of a move to the MLS.

Rumours have been circling in recent days after Defoe's former teammate and current Toronto FC boss Ryan Nelsen admitted his interest in signing the striker.

The England international has seen his chances mostly limited to Europa League and Capital One Cup appearances so far this season, and has been prolific in both competitions, however Villas-Boas has declared his intent to keep the former West Ham man at the club.

He said: "I have seen in the press that there is reported interest (from Toronto), but we want the player to stay on and hold on to those last years of his contract.

"In the end the player is committed to the club and the club is committed to the player."

Defoe has been mostly used as an impact substitute this term after the £26m arrival of Roberto Soldado in the summer, and there had been speculation that he would seek a move in order to boost his chances of making Roy Hodgson's world cup squad for Brazil 2014.

However despite a lack of comment from the striker himself, his Portuguese manager insists that the player is determined to win his place back in the team.

"The player at the moment is our top goal scorer and he is chasing the European record for the club as well which is important for his individual motivation," Villas-Boas said.

"I think he is extremely happy, not only because of what he has achieved, but also because of the smile on his face.

"He has had a better start than he had last year. That is an impressive goals tally and he is a player that everyone cherishes."

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