There is no bitterness. Not towards the Tottenham managers who sometimes frustrated him. Not towards Daniel Levy for sacking the manager he most enjoyed working for either.
"Harry was fantastic for me," Defoe told the Daily Mail. "For a start I knew he'd pick me. But I can't question what happened.
"It wasn't my decision. I'm not the chairman. I'm just there to do my job and if the chairman makes a decision you have to respect it as players. Even if you're the captain of the club I think you have to respect the fact that they have their job to do too.
"AVB kept playing me in the Europa League. I think I scored something like nine goals in nine games but I still wasn't getting the opportunity to play in the league. There was nothing I could do about it but at the same time there was no point me going to the manager to complain. He knows I've scored in Europe. It's up to him if he doesn't want to pick me in the league."
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