Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas insists out of favour striker Jermain Defoe is going nowhere despite reported interest from the MLS.

Ryan Nelsen - who played for Spurs under Harry Redknapp in 2012 and is now managing Toronto FC - declared his interest in the England international earlier this week.

But Villas-Boas has moved to quash speculation that the 31-year-old could seek pastures new after seeing his playing time restricted to European and domestic cup competitions so far this term.

"I have seen in the press that there is reported interest (from Toronto), but we want the player to stay on and hold on to those last years of his contract," the Spurs boss said.

"In the end the player is committed to the club and the club is committed to the player."

AVB has preferred to use £26million man Roberto Soldado in the Premier League ahead of the diminutive striker so far and with the World Cup in Brazil coming up next summer he has spoken previously of his frustration at being on the fringes.