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Jermain Defoe Explains Why He Chose Rangers Over Staying in the Prem with Crystal Palace

Jermain Defoe Explains Why He Chose Rangers Over Staying in the Prem with Crystal Palace

New Rangers striker Jermain Defoe has explained exactly why he decided to sign for the Ibrox club this month – and why moving to Glasgow was more appealing than staying in the Premier League.

The ex-England international has joined the Gers on an 18-month loan deal from Bournemouth, and has already been training with his new team-mates at their warm-weather training camp in Tenerife this week.

He might be 36 but it sounds as though Defoe was still wanted by several notable teams when he became available on January 1, one of which was Roy Hodgson’s Palace, who are currently searching for a forward capable of firing them towards Premier League safety.

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As you’d probably expect, playing under Steven Gerrard played a big role in Defoe’s decision, and when ask by Sky Sports if there was any interest from Palace, he said: “There was interest, I had to weigh it all up, and I fancied something different to be honest, I fancied a different challenge.

“It is a massive football club and I am coming into an environment where everyone is confident.

“The Palace one was lingering for years – I know a lot of people down there, (coach) Mark Bright, a lot of the players. It is obviously a fantastic football club, with a top manager (Roy Hodgson).

“But I spoke to Stevie and decided to come here, because it is a great opportunity for me.

“When he got the job, it did make me think a little bit, and so far he is a natural.”

“I am always sharp and I will always try my best.

“I am not superhuman and, as you get older, the body changes but, when you get in and around the box, nothing changes.”

Defoe looks set to make his competitive debut for his new employers when they face Cowdenbeath in the Scottish Cup later this month – but do you think he’ll be a big success in Scottish football?

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