Jermain Defoe has hinted about leaving Sunderland by saying he wants to spend as much time as possible with Bradley Lowery this season.

Defoe drops Sunderland exit hint

Defoe drops Sunderland exit hint

The Black Cats' top-scorer gave an interview to CNN about his relationship with the tragic five-year-old, who is suffering from neuroblastoma - a rare form of cancer.

His condition is terminal but Bradley's fight against the disease has won the hearts of many in the sporting world and particularly Defoe - his favourite footballer.

The 34-year-old England striker has developed a close bond to the youngster over the last few months and his "lucky mascot" was even present when Defoe scored on his international comeback last month.

But with Sunderland's 10-year stay in the Premier League set to come to an end, Defoe does not appear to have plans to remain at the Stadium of Light beyond the end of the campaign.

"I feel powerless because there's nothing I can (for Bradley)," said Defoe. "All I can do is try and spend as much time with him as possible between now and the end of the season and that's what I'm going to try and do from now until the end of the season, try and see him whenever I can.

"It's just to be around him, just to make him happy for however long he's got."