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Tottenham striker rubbishes January transfer talk

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Jermain Defoe has rubbished speculation he could be on his way out of Tottenham during the January transfer window - although he admits he is desperate for more regular Premier League action.

The England striker has nine goals to his name this season and also became Tottenham's leading European goalscorer, taking over from club legend Martin Chivers with his penalty against Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League earlier this month.

Despite his success in cup competitions this season Defoe has struggled for game time in the Premier League since the arrival of Roberto Soldado from Valencia in the summer.

The Tottenham man has started just one game - the 3-0 defeat against West Ham at White Hart Lane - and is yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League. Meanwhile Soldado has struggled to settle in north London so far and has scored just once from open play in 11 league appearances.

That has prompted reports Defoe could seek an exit from Spurs sooner rather than later ahead of the World Cup next summer.

The Spurs man admits it is frustrating for him to be sitting on the bench so regularly - but says he has no intention of leaving the north London club.

"Of course it is frustrating that for all the goals, I have not had much of a chance in the Premier League," the 31-year-old told the Daily Express.

"Fans ask me all the time, but I don't need to tell anybody I am frustrated. That is just normal. People know I love my football, and I love scoring goals. When I am not getting the opportunity to do that, it is frustrating.

"But I have never once said I wanted to leave this football club."

Defoe is in his second spell at Tottenham, having re-joined from Portsmouth in 2009.

"Even when I left the first time, I didn't say I wanted to leave the club," continued the striker. "All I will say is that I want to play.

"I would rather say to the gaffer, 'give me a chance'. I don't want to go to him and say, 'I am leaving the club'. I love the club and everybody knows that.

"I have got a special relationship with the fans and even when I left before, the club dentist called me during a Spurs game so I could hear the fans were still singing my name even when I was a Portsmouth player. I will never forget that.

"I came back and it has been great. If the day came when I have to go, it would be hard. All my friends are here and every game I play, when I put that shirt on, it feels like the first game."

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