Despite scoring 10 league goals and 16 in all competitions this campaign, Defoe has only started 11 league games and told the Daily Mirror he will have to leave White Hart Lane in the summer.
"It still feels like I will only get a game if someone is injured or suspended," he said.
"Sometimes I even feel like I’m in the youth team, because I know that, whatever I do in midweek, I won’t get a game at the weekend.
"The manager picks the team and I would never be disrespectful to the manager. But when someone doesn’t talk to you and explain what’s going on its hard.
"I love the club. Everybody knows that. When I’m out and people ask whether I am leaving I always say no. But how can I stay somewhere that I don’t get the chance to play?"