Jermain Defoe extends Sunderland deal after successful fight against drop

• Striker’s contracted extended until 2019 after 18-goal season
• Sam Allardyce: ‘He is a player that every manager would want in their team’

Jermain Defoe has extended his stay at Sunderland until 2019 after his goals helped to keep the club in the Premier League.

Sunderland confirmed on Thursday that the 33-year-old striker has signed a one-year contract extension, his reward for a return of 18 goals in all competitions last season in a side that struggled for much of the campaign.

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