New Rangers signing Jermain Defoe has revealed why he turned down an opportunity to remain in the Premier League with Crystal Palace.
Defoe has joined Rangers on an 18-month loan deal from Bournemouth and has joined with his new teammates at their winter training camp in Spain.
The former England international might be 36 but still had a lot of suitors when he was available on January 1, one of which was Crystal Palace, who are currently searching for a forward capable of leading them towards Premier League safety.
Defoe insists playing for Steven Gerrard played a role in his decision to join the Gers, 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).”
“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.”