Toronto FC president Tim Leiweke doubts Jermain Defoe return

Toronto president doubts Defoe return
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Toronto FC president Tim Leiweke reveals that the club will use their designated-player tags on other targets if Jermain Defoe doesn't want to return in the 2015 season.

Toronto FC president Tim Leiweke has admitted that he doesn't think that Jermain Defoe will return to the club for the 2015 campaign.

Defoe joined the MLS side for the 2014 campaign and has netted 11 times for the club this season, but was linked with a return to the Premier League in the transfer window.

Leiweke says that if the player doesn't want to be at Toronto they will use their designated-player tags on other targets.

He told reporters: "We will have some new DP's next year. I personally don't think Defoe will come back. I think if he doesn't want to be here, you get rid of him."

"My attitude is, if you want to be here and buy into what we've been doing, let's go roll up our sleeves and we'll fight together. And I will be with you every day. If you don't want to be here, get the hell out of our way."

Toronto are currently seventh in the MLS Eastern Conference after 26 games this season.

Jermain Defoe of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates as he scores the first goal during the Carling Cup Quarter Final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southend United at White Hart Lane on December 20, 2006
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