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Juande Ramos' Regret and Remorse: Defoe, Baby I Still Love You

Salaar ShamsiSenior Writer ISeptember 26, 2008

Juande Ramos isn't too happy to have an on-fire Jermain Defoe playing against him for Portsmouth, this weekend...if you put it mildly.

Ramos fears Defoe's goal-scoring ability might cause a further strain on Tottenham's attempts to improve their Premier League standings.

Jermain Defoe was at White Hart Lane before being sold to Harry Redknapp's Pompey in January and it appears Ramos is regretting letting him go.

Ahead of the clash, Ramos was singing praise for Defoe: "He's got an eye for goal, he's got pace and he can score regularly."

Defoe was keen to leave North London because he wasn't getting any time on the pitch with the presence of Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane at the Lane, the duo have now moved on to Manchester United and Liverpool respectively.

Ramos admits he couldn't do much to have him stay.

"He wanted to play but it was difficult because other strikers were here. His contract was finishing in one year and the club decided. This is football. We accept the decision."

However, Defoe is keen to add to his tally of goals against the North Londoners.

"They let me go; I've to let them know, it was mistake."

"I wanted to leave, coming here was the best thing for my career."

"It's good to get some goals; I enjoyed the Boro performance, now we've to bounce back from the City game."


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