Jermain Defoe signs one-year Sunderland contract extension

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33-year-old Jermain Defoe has re-signed with Sunderland for another season, the club has announced.

The former Tottenham striker, with 55 England caps to his name, moved back to the Premier League after a failed stint in Major League Soccer in early 2015.

He proceeded to spark Sunderland’s fight against relegation, scoring 15 Premier League goals last season, including a massive winner against Chelsea during the stretch run. Defoe has 22 goals in 53 appearances for Sunderland since joining from Toronto.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce called him “one of the best goalscorers in Premier League history” and said the striker “is in fantastic physical condition and we are very pleased that we have been able to extend his stay with us.”

“He scored two goals in two years didn’t he, Altidore, somebody told me?” Allardyce said when asked of the swap deal that brought Defoe to Sunderland, sending USMNT striker Jozy Altidore back the other direction to Toronto. “So that was a good swap, that was a good deal, wasn’t it?”

“I’m delighted because from day one when I walked into the football club,” Defoe told Sky Sports. “I’ve received nothing but love from people inside the club, the staff, the players and the special fans that are here.”