Jermain Defoe exclusive: I want Rangers stay
Jermain Defoe, by his own admission loves scoring goals. It is why he would like to stay at Rangers, why he would like to play in his 40s, and why Steven Gerrard has discovered not to bother asking if he needs a rest…
On the eve of his birthday, Defoe did what hes been doing for nearly two decades. He for the first time in 10 months sent top of this Scottish Premiership ahead of rivals Celtic then, also watched a hat-trick.
It motivated fans to break, and took Defoe to 12 goals this year.
I recall the very first time I scored for Rangers, the fans started singing the tune and I spoke to my mom later. She was just likewow, Defoe tells Sky Sports News.
Getting to know the man behind the goals is well worth it. Defoe was awarded an OBE in November a year ago for his dedication and contribution to football and charity. He dedicated the honor this past year to his youthful friend Bradley Lowery, who passed out from a type of cancer.
Manager Steven Gerrard knows all about Defoe from their period since England team-mates. The set are in conversation on a new contract to the striker, with Defoes recent deal set to expire.
Hes explained to me hes thrilled with how I am playing not just that, together with how Im around the place with all the younger lads, supporting everyone, states Defoe. It was nice for him to express .
Theres no doubt in Defoes mind. His loved ones adore life in Glasgow. I wish to stay, he says. Its a unique football club you feel it.
However, Defoe is looking beyond next year. Asked if he could extend his career into his 40s, Defoe states:How I feel today, easily.
I do everything right [to prepare for matches], which can be easy for me. My retrieval, training, knowing how to handle myself. The things you should do, I do. I think its displaying in my performances
He has not found working beneath a former team-mate in Gerrard tough defoes capacity to man-manage himself is.
If youre a manager you have to become somewhat different, you are the manager, states Defoe. But theres times when he doesnt say anything to me because he knows me. Theres days when he says do you want a daya day and break – because he knows I will sayno that I wish to play . He understands me. Hes my ex-team-mate and that he knows I really like scoring goals
Four wins from four with 17 goals one conceded to Celtic in the Old Firm derby of the season because their defeat and scored, Rangers will not have desired the global break to interrupt their momentum. Gerrard has said it is too early for name talk after Rangers spent some time before faltering final season, and Defoe has warned that his team-mates to steer clear of some media.
You do not wish to brag about being high in the league, theres still a long way to go, he states. We must respect our neighbours, everyone in the league and keep what were doing.
When youre raising the trophy in the end then you can certainly do everything you want and correctly celebrate.
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