The Times report that Tottenham manager Juande Ramos has had a change of heart regarding the future of Jermain Defoe – or was it just a misunderstanding in the first place? It was originally thought that the Spaniard had shown the exit door to the striker after deeming him surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane.
“People say things when they are a little bit down or upset,” Defoe said of the head coach. “He pulled me the next day and said he didn’t mean it [that Defoe could leave]. He was honest with me. He said he wanted me to stay and get goals and said he wanted to achieve something special. He is a good manager with great ideas, so it’s good. I said to him: ‘What do you think? Am I part of it?’ He said: ‘Yes, you are definitely part of it. If you get a chance, take it.’
“There are four top forwards here and I understand that. The competition is hard and if you get a chance you have to take it. Maybe it was psychology, but it’s something I don’t think about. I just want to do my best for the team.”
Defoe is currently behind Berbatov and Keane in the pecking order at Spurs, although the fact Ramos made him captain on Saturday indicates the England striker could be around for many seasons to come.