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Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe refuses to rule out MLS return | Football News

Last Updated: 10/10/18 3:42pm

Jermain Defoe says he would be open to playing in the MLS in the future

Jermain Defoe says he would be open to playing in the MLS in the future

Jermain Defoe says he would be open to playing in the MLS in the future

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe says he would not rule out a return to the MLS.

The 36-year-old joined Toronto in 2014 and scored 12 goals in 21 matches, but returned to England with Sunderland less than a year later following a breakdown in relations with then-club president Tim Leiweke.

“I definitely wouldn’t rule it out because when I was there, I enjoyed it,” he told ESPN FC. “I enjoyed going to different places, places I’d never been before.

“But even when I was there, each team we played, I always felt like there were a few players that could probably go on and play at some level in Europe.

“I think the standard is improving. I think when David Beckham went there, it [the standard] was probably nowhere near what it is now.

Defoe played in the MLS for Toronto in 2014 Defoe played in the MLS for Toronto in 2014

Defoe played in the MLS for Toronto in 2014

“It’s definitely a league that’s improving. I watch the games and there are some quality teams and all the stadiums are full now.”

Defoe added: “I think maybe [I went to the MLS too soon],” Defoe said. “It just made sense at the time because it was a good deal for both parties.

“For me going to another league, a new challenge, a club that had massive changes … I knew the manager, Toronto is an amazing city and I looked at it and thought, David Beckham went there, Robbie Keane went there, other players.

“I thought this could be good, a new chapter in my life. And to be honest, I enjoyed it.

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