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“I felt happy again” – Rangers star reveals how he snubbed Serie A giants for Tottenham

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Former Tottenham star Jermain Defoe backs Tottenham to the league title next season

Jermain Defoe reveals he snubbed Juventus for Tottenham return

Jermain Defoe has revealed that he snubbed a chance to join Juventus in favour of a return to Tottenham Hotspur in 2009 (h/t Sky Sports).

Defoe joined our club back in 2004 from West Ham and enjoyed a great four-year stint. But, having fallen out with Juande Ramos, the Englishman left the club to join hands with Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth in 2008.

But only a year later, the forward was offered a chance to return to Tottenham as Redknapp took over the reins at our club. In a conversation with Sky Sports, the striker, who is currently playing at Scottish club Rangers, revealed how the move came about.

Jermain Defoe snubbed Juventus for Tottenham return
Jermain Defoe snubbed Juventus for Tottenham return

During the winter transfer window in 2009, Redknapp received a call from Redknapp asking him to return to Tottenham. And while Defoe was considering the possibility, Juventus made an attempt to sign him (h/t Sky Sports).

“I was like, ‘Wow, really?!’ I was chuffed that a massive football club like Juventus wanted me.”

Defoe then goes on to add that he was tempted by the possibility of going to a foreign league and testing himself there. However, at the end, the former England international decided to return to White Hart Lane instead. And soon enough, he got a call from our chairman Daniel Levy to work out a return.

“I didn’t want to leave there in the first place, so of course I want to go back home. Maybe Daniel Levy got the phone call about Juve, because straight after that the deal was done. I felt happy again.”

Jermain Defoe with Harry Redknapp
Jermain Defoe with Harry Redknapp

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Defoe stayed at Tottenham for five more years, before leaving our club in February 2014 to join Toronto FC. In total, the 37-year-old made 363 appearances for Tottenham, scoring 143 goals. 79 of these came in his second stint with out club.

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