FC Toronto President Tim Leiweke has claimed that Jermain Defoe can 'get the hell out of our way' if he does not want to return to the MLS. The shocking statement comes after QPR boss, Harry Redknapp, revealed that Defoe was close to returning to the Premier League with QPR on a loan-deal from FC Toronto.
Defoe signed for the MLS side six months ago from Spurs on a four-year-deal and is currently being paid £90,000 a week. Despite scoring 11 goals in 16 matches for the MLS side and becoming a crowd favourite in the process, Defoe is reportedly keen on a move back to the Premier League.
The FC Toronto president Leiweke spoke to reporters at Ryerston University.
"I personally don't think Defoe will come back. I think if he doesn't want to be here you
get rid of him," the Daily Mail reported.
"My attitude is, if you want to be here and buy into what we've been doing, let's go...I will be with you every day. If you don't want to be here, get the hell out of our way."
Leiweke went on to compare Defoe to former English MLS star David Beckham when asked, 'has Jermain Defoe ultimately adapted as well as David Beckham did?'
"David Beckham had more character, more grit, more determination than any player I've ever been around. Never once did he run, hide or fade away," Leiweke responded.
The relationship between the Toronto president and wantaway striker suggests that a January move is inevitable. With three-and-a-half-years remaining on Defoe's Toronto contract, the club are in a position to financially benefit from the sale of the striker. As Defoe is under contract, Toronto can expect to recoup some of their £6 million
transfer fee when Defoe moves on.