Defoe feeling settled

Striker delighted to have signed new contract at White Hart Lane

Jermain Defoe: The striker at the end of August signed a new three-year contract at White Hart Lane

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Jermain Defoe has admitted his relief at signing a new contract at Tottenham Hotspur after the previous uncertainty surrounding his future.

The striker at the end of August agreed a three-year deal at White Hart Lane which ended speculation he could have been set for a move away.

And Defoe, who had been linked with Liverpool, is now pleased he can concentrate on playing and helping Spurs recover from a slow start to the season.

"I am a lot more settled," he said while on international duty ahead of England's World Cup qualifying double-header against Moldova and Ukraine.

"As a player, you are not too sure what is going on when there is speculation.

"People are asking you questions every day, 'are you staying?', 'are you going?'. You don't really know the answer. In football, anything can happen.

"Once you have sat down and signed the contract, you feel a lot more settled."