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Defoe wants more opportunities

May 22, 2012
By ESPN staff

Jermain Defoe has suggested he may seek to leave Tottenham Hotspur if he cannot secure regular first-team football.

Jermain Defoe
PA PhotosJermain Defoe says Spurs will miss Modric

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Defoe, 29, found himself behind on-loan Emmanuel Adebayor in the pecking order at Spurs last season, and the Togolese recently revealed that talks over a permanent switch from Manchester City are taking place.

Defoe has now said he plans to keep his focus on Euro 2012 for the time being but warned that he is looking for more first-team opportunities at club level next season.

"It's a difficult one," he told talkSPORT. "I've never said I want to leave the club - I've just said I want to play. As a forward you just want to get some sort of rhythm and a run in the team. That wasn't the case towards the end of the season.

"I'm just going to see what happens. I'm going to concentrate on England and Euro 2012. The most important thing for me is scoring goals and that's when I'm at my happiest."

Louis Saha, meanwhile, has said he is desperate to secure a new contract at Tottenham after a successful six-month spell.

Saha moved to Spurs from Everton in January on a short-term deal but is out of contract this summer and, having been impressed by Harry Redknapp, hopes to remain at White Hart Lane.

"I cannot say I want to leave," Saha said in The Sun. "Harry has been good for me personally. What makes him so good is his personality, tactics and the way that he can work and relate to the players."