Clint Dempsey is training with his American team-mates ahead of the U.S. Men’s national team’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica.
Getting back on a soccer field has to be a relief for Dempsey, who was embroiled in one of the longest running transfer saga’s of the summer as he pushed to leave Fulham for a bigger club. Dempsey was portrayed as the bad guy in the media for wanting to leave Fulham and he took the time on Monday to finally tell his side of the story.
“I’m very relieved. Looking forward to getting back to playing,” Dempsey said. “I think the new team is a perfect fit. They qualified for a place last season for Champions League but missed out on a technicality. But it’s still in London. My family doesn’t have to move far. My daughter, she can go to another international school and be on the same curriculum. It couldn’t have worked out any better in that regard.”
Originally Dempsey said he wanted to play Champions League football, something that Tottenham cannot offer him this season. Nevertheless Dempsey sees himself now as part of a Champions League-caliber club.
“I’m disappointed in the way I was portrayed, in the end, with Fulham,” Dempsey said. “I always wanted to play at the highest level possible. That was never a secret. That’s something I always said. It would be a dream of mine to play Champions League and you want to play on the best team possible to try to get there. That’s definitely a team with a lot of quality in it, but now it’s all about the team that I’m with.”
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