January 13, 2014 12:51

Drake confirms he played role in Jermain Defoe's decision to leave Tottenham Hotspur

The rapper is an ambassador for Toronto FC, where the England striker will join in February

Drake confirms he played role in Jermain Defoe's decision to leave Tottenham Hotspur

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Drake has confirmed that he played a role in the transfer of football player Jermain Defoe from Tottenham Hotspur to Toronto FC.

The surprise deal, which will see striker Defoe move to Canada and compete in the Major League Soccer tournament with his Toronto team mates in February, was confirmed by Tottenham last week. Rumours suggested that rapper Drake, who is a friend of Defoe's and also an ambassador for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, which owns Toronto FC, was instrumental in the move. Drake has now confirmed the rumour.

"I don’t know if I had an influence on him coming here," Drake told the Toronto Sun. "I think that all I did was give him the necessary information about a city he didn’t know much about. I told him how great it’s been to me, and how great I assumed it would be to him. We had a great conversation. We built up a personal relationship."

The rapper continued: "I’m excited to see him begin his career here. I just do what I can. [Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment president Tim Leiweke] is the boss. It’s all Tim, really. I was just a piece of the puzzle, I guess."

Defoe's transfer means he will be unable to catch Drake live in the UK when he tours in March. The rapper will play 11 arena dates, starting in Manchester on March 11. The tour will end in London on March 26, with The Weeknd providing support on all dates.

Drake will play:

Manchester Phones 4u Arena (March 11/12)
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (14)
Glasgow The Hydro (15)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (16)
Birmingham NIA (20/21)
Liverpool Echo Arena (22)
London O2 Arena (24/25/26)


To check the availability of Drake tickets and get all the latest listings, head to NME.COM/tickets.

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