Andre Villas-Boas: 'Jermain Defoe will stay'

Jermain Defoe of Tottenham in action during a pre season friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Espanyol at White Hart Lane on August 10, 2013
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Andre Villas-Boas says that Jermain Defoe will be staying at Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has said that Jermain Defoe will not be leaving White Hart Lane before the transfer window closes on September 3.

The 30-year-old, who has been marginalised since the £26m arrival of Roberto Soldado, started his first game of the season in last night's 3-0 win over Dinamo Tblisi.

Soldado has repaid the Portuguese coach with four goals in his three games so far, but Villas-Boas said that the England international still has a part to play for Spurs this season.

"I think he will be here after the closure of the transfer window," the 35-year-old told reporters. "He has delivered the goals when we wanted. He has come on in the last two Premier League games and he has done extremely well for the team.

"He is a great professional with a great attitude and today he delivered a great performance.

"At the moment, we have played with one striker and Jermain and Soldado are competing for that spot with [Emmanuel Adebayor] out. There is competition and I think that is what is created in any big team."

Defoe weighed in with 15 goals in all competitions last season.

Spurs' Jermain Defoe is congratulated by team mate Lewis Holtby after scoring then opening goal against Dinamo Tbilisi during their Europa League play-off match on August 29, 2013
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