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Toronto FC signing Defoe: I couldn't leave Spurs for Premier League rival

Jermain Defoe says he couldn't consider leaving Tottenham for another Premier League club.

Defoe is joining Toronto FC this month.

"I suppose it would have felt weird going to another Premier League club and playing against Tottenham," said the England forward. "I've been here a long time, all my friends are here and a lot of the boys have been here a while too now.

"It will be difficult when I leave but that's part and parcel of playing football, players move on. I'm also looking forward to the next challenge.

"Toronto is a club that wants to go places and they're proving that with the players they've brought in. It's a fantastic city with lovely people who are so focused not just on football but on their sport in general. They enjoy it, embrace it and to be a part of it, it's special for my family and I.

"I'm really looking forward to going, but leaving Spurs is going to be tough. It's been truly amazing here."

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