Sunderland and England striker Jermain Defoe insists he is concentrating on the upcoming fixtures against Scotland and France before announcing his future.
Defoe is set to leave Sunderland following their relegation to the Championship with Defoe holding a clause in his contract allowing him to leave on a free transfer following their relegation from the Premier League.
There had been links with a potential move to West Ham United, but more frequent speculation has linked him with a return to Dean Court.
But a move is yet to be announced with Defoe concentrating on England before the end of June.
Defoe told Sky Sports…
‘At the minute, to be honest, there has been loads of speculation about me going to this club, that club and a lot of stuff about Bournemouth…’
‘…it’s a fantastic club. Even if I’m standing here as a retired footballer I would turn around and say for any young player, for someone that wants to improve, to play under a top manager and coaches at a family club, I would say yes it’s a good club to go to, As a young manager in Eddie (Howe) and what he has achieved at that club is unbelievable. They have got a good team, a lot of energy.’
‘Obviously, in my time there when I was younger I really enjoyed it, it was brilliant. But at the moment I just want to try and focus on England…’
Speaking in a later interview with the Daily Telegraph, Defoe appears to be hinting more towards a return to the south coast…
‘…When you`re scoring goals, let`s be honest, clubs are going to want you. I`ve had a lot of interest. But I`ve got an idea where I`m going. When it comes to July everyone will know. I know where I want to go to kick on again. I don`t want to stand still.”
“Partly it`s how he (the unnamed manager) wants to play, but mainly it`s: is he comfortable trying to improve me? Some managers just let senior players get on with it. I don`t want that. I want to be challenged.”
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