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Tottenham boss not about to let Toronto target Defoe leave

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is of the belief that rumours linking Jermain Defoe with a White Hart Lane exit are off the mark.

It emerged on Tuesday that the 31-year old striker had agreed a bumper four-year deal with MLS club Toronto FC who he will join ahead of the 2014 season but Villas-Boas suggests that talk is simply untrue.

"I can't stop stories coming out (about Defoe)," he said.

"At the moment the feeling is that the player is happy, he wants to get into the Premier League team for sure. His opportunities have come more from Europa League games.

"At this time we've started more games with (Roberto) Soldado but Jermain is working hard to get into the team."

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