Tottenham Hotspur have had few better natural goalscorers few the years than Jermain Defoe, but the striker has now revealed the strange circumstances in which he moved on from White Hart Lane.
Defore played for Spurs across two stints, with the first coming between 2003 and 2007. He played 177 games and scored 64 goals in that time (Wikipedia).
After two seasons at Portsmouth, the England man then returned to North London and played another 186 games, scoring 79 more goals.
In fact, Defoe is still sixth on the all-time Spurs goalscoring charts, as well as being second behind only Harry Kane on the Tottenham European goalscoring charts (Wikipedia).
Defoe left Spurs for Toronto FC on 10 January 2014 where he spent a brief spell, playing 21 games and scoring 12 goals (Wikipedia).
However, Jermain revealed to ex-Spurs teammate Peter Crouch on the footballer’s new Amazon Prime show, Back of the Net, that music legend Drake lured him to Toronto.
Defoe received a private call from the man himself who promised him a meal when the striker arrived, but Jermain never met him.
He said: “Listen to this one then.
“This private number has come up, I don’t really answer them, so I answered it and I didn’t really say anything.
“‘Hello, is this Jermain?’ I was like, ‘who’s this?’
“‘It’s Drake’. So I was like, ‘yeah good one’. He was like, ‘no seriously, it’s Drake’. Mate, I just went silent on the phone.
“He says: ‘Trust me, you should come’. Because he’s an ambassador at the club, of Toronto FC.
“‘Come over, you’ll love it. When you come over I’ll take you out, I’ll take you for dinner, you’ll love it. It’s unbelievable.’
“Mate, signed, never seen him! I got over there, he’s never there!
“Drake’s always in America. I never seen him.”
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) October 29, 2019
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