Rangers Jermain Defoe reveals why he chose Rangers ahead of Palace

Jermain Defoe
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Jermain Defoe of AFC Bournemouth reacts during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Liverpool at Vitality Stadium on December 17, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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.”

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 08: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers shoots at goal during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Hibernian and Rangers at Easter Road on March 08, 2019 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gerrard wants to motivate his players

Rangers were kicked out after losing against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Quarterfinals and will only focus now on the league.

“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.”