Jermain Defoe is not ruling out anything when it comes to an MLS comeback
The 36-year-old striker previously played in the American football league in 2014 for Toronto, where he scored 12 goals in 21 appearances.
After falling out with club president Tim Leiweke a year later though, Defoe sealed a return to the Premier League with Sunderland and now plays for Bournemouth.
However, with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney at the United States, Defoe admits that a return to the MLS cannot be ruled out.
“I definitely wouldn’t rule it out because when I was there, I enjoyed it,” he told ESPN. “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.
“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.”
The England international admits that the move in 2014 to Toronto came too early in his career.
“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.
“My first game was against Seattle away. We left on a Thursday night, played on Saturday, came back on Sunday.
“That was strange. Five hours for one game, but there were something like 50,000 people at the first game, so it was like, wow this is different. But it was good.”
Defoe is the seventh highest goalscorer in Premier League history with 162 goals in 492 games.