Defoe double sees Spurs advance to Europa League group stage

TOTTENHAM manager Andre Villas-Boas believes Jermain Defoe’s presence at White Hart Lane can only make his team stronger, after the striker bagged a brace in a 3-0 win over Dinamo Tbilisi last night.

Defoe’s 134th and 135th strikes in Tottenham colours moved him up to sixth place in the club’s all-time top goalscoring charts before Lewis Holtby wrapped up an 8-0 aggregate win to send Spurs through to the Europa League group stage.

The 30-year-old had been linked with a move recently but Villas-Boas insists Defoe’s future is with Spurs.

“We always want to make the team stronger than the year before and any player who is in the top six of Tottenham’s all-time top goalscorers can only make us stronger,” he said. “He has in him a great goalscoring ability and he proved that once again.”