Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe has revealed that he will consider a career in management after his playing come to an end.
Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe is considering a career in management. (Bournemouth Echo) https://t.co/Srywh0NWo9— fcbusiness Magazine (@fcbusiness) September 10, 2018
While he told the Bournemouth Echo that he is undecided about which path he would take after retirement, the Cherries frontman admitted he has consulted boss Eddie Howe about the day-to-day nature of the job, saying: "
With 162 top-flight goals, Defoe is seventh in the list of all-time Premier League top goalscorers, and the highest still to be playing at England’s elite level - and despite a lack of game time this season, he insisted that he is not entertaining any thoughts of retirement yet.
“Ryan Giggs played until he was 40. I’m 35,” he said. “I’m not sitting here saying I am going to be playing in the Premier League at 40 but, at the same time, if I am still able to do it then yes.
“You have to be honest with yourself and, as long as you’re still enjoying it, that’s the main thing. As you get older, it’s not as easy and is demanding on your body. You get days where you think ‘this is tough’ because that’s normal. But I still enjoy training. I love training and that feeling you get on a matchday when you wake up in the morning, I don’t think that will ever go.
“Even when I finish playing, I still feel like I will have a little kick-around with my mates and my cousins. When I am playing, I still feel sharp. If I can not pick up any injuries, then I feel great.”