Jermain Defoe to remain withToronto FC

Toronto FC's superstar striker Jermain Defoe is not going anywhere. (Reuters)

Toronto FC's superstar striker Jermain Defoe is not going anywhere. (Reuters)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:41 PM ET

TORONTO - Don’t believe everything you read.

Had Toronto FC fans taken England’s vulture press seriously Sunday afternoon, they would have seen Jermain Defoe land at any number of British Premier League teams.

Heck, by Sunday night some around Toronto had written off Defoe completely after rumours of his impending exit popped up endlessly.

As the Toronto Sun first reported Monday, those rumours were false.

There were bids, sure, but Defoe remains committed to the club, a well-placed source told the Sun.

“When we made a decision to go big and build a club, there are certain environments that come with that,” MLSE head honcho Tim Leiweke told the Sun exclusively.

“When you approach transfer window days, you anticipate good and bad.”

The good: Toronto FC had bids in for five of its players before Sunday night, demonstrating a certain level of respect for the club’s rebuilt roster.

The bad: “Obviously the bid that was most intense was for Jermain Defoe,” Leiweke said.

In total, three clubs wanted Defoe.


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