Jermain Defoe exclusive: I want Rangers stay
Jermain Defoe, by his own admission, absolutely loves goals. It is why he wants to remain at Rangers, why he would like to play into his 40s, and also Steven Gerrard has heard not to bother inquiring if he wants a rest…
On the eve of his 37th birthday, Defoe did exactly what hes been doing for nearly two years. He for the first time in 10 months shipped Rangers top of the Scottish Premiership before rivals Celtic in turn, also scored a hat-trick.
It required Defoe into 12 goals this season, and prompted Rangers fans to break into the chant that has become popular place among the terraces in Ibrox.
I recall the very first time I shopped for Rangers, the fans started singing the tune and I spoke to my mom later. She was just likewow, Defoe informs Sky Sports News.
Getting to know the person behind the goals is well worthwhile. Defoe was given an OBE in November a year ago because of his commitment and contribution to both football and charity. He also dedicated the honor this past year, to his buddy Bradley Lowery, that passed out from a type of cancer.
Manager Steven Gerrard knows all about Defoe. The set are with Defoes present deal set to expire next summer, in discussion on a new contract for the striker.
Hes said to me hes thrilled with how I am playing but not only that, together with how Im around the area with the younger lads, assisting everyone, says Defoe. It was fine for him to express that.
Theres little doubt in Defoes thoughts. His family appreciate life in Glasgow. I need to remain, he says. it is a unique football club you feel it.
However, Defoe is looking well beyond next season. Asked if he can extend his career into his 40s, Defoe states:The way I feel today, readily.
I do what [to prepare for matches], which is easy for me. My recovery, training. The things you ought to do, I really do. I believe its showing in my performances.
He has not seen working under a in Gerrard hard defoes ability to man-manage himself is.
If youre a manager you need to develop into a bit different, you are the manager, says Defoe. But there is times when he does not say anything to me because he understands me. There is times when he says to medo you want a down daya day to remain in and rest – since he knows I will sayno that I wish to play . He knows me. He is my ex-team-mate and that he knows I love scoring goals.
Four wins out of four with 17 goals scored and only one surrendered since their defeat to Celtic in the first Old Firm derby of the season, Rangers wont have desired the break to interrupt their momentum. Gerrard has said before faltering final year after Rangers spent time on 16, its too premature for title talk, also Defoe has warned that his team-mates to steer clear.
You do not need to brag about being high in the league, theres still a long way to go, he says. We must respect our neighbors, everyone in the league and then continue what were doing.
When you are raising the trophy in the conclusion then you can certainly do everything you need and correctly celebrate.
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