U.S. Men's National Team

Dempsey discusses leaving Fulham for Tottenham

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Clint Dempsey took part in the U.S. Men's national team practice sessions on Monday in preparation for the team's upcoming qualifiers against Jamaica, but it was the subject of his club status that drew the most attention on Monday.

Dempsey's last-minute transfer to Tottenham from Fulham ended a roller coaster ride of a last month, one that saw him ostracized from Fulham as he pushed hard for a transfer. Dempsey was portrayed as the bad guy for wanting to leave, but his push ultimately led to a dream move to North London.

Dempsey discussed the move on Monday, offering up some insight into the move and the bad taste that the ordeal left.

"I'm disappointed in the way I was portrayed, in the end, with Fulham," Dempsey told the Associated Press. "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."

What do you think of Dempsey's comments? Agree that he was treated unfairly? Like the idea of him playing for Tottenham? See Dempsey being ready for Friday's qualifier in Kingston?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Joamiq

    a) Highly unlikely – Tottenham has a wage ceiling, rumored to be around 80-90k. The Adebayor transfer took a long time because he had to accept a massive paycut.

    b) What built in advantages? Being in London? There are plenty of teams in London. Being fairly successful? That was built and earned. Lloris was actually a steal at that price. Bale was extremely cheap – 7 mil. Adebayor cost only 6 mil.

    c) Tottenham was not always a successful club. It wasn’t long ago that they were thought of as being perennially on the outside looking in. Nor are they huge spenders. Whatever psychological effect they now benefit from is one they earned through building the team wisely. And they still suffer from the reverse effect, as with Modric.

    Basically, I don’t think your criticisms make sense applied to Tottenham. This isn’t the club you’re looking for. Maybe Chelsea, Man U, or City.


  • ThaDeuce

    Hardly. He Did not insist on moving, he can’t! he has a contract! he refused to sign a contract extension with a team he wanted to leave. that should, if business minded, force them to sell, and if principled, with etiquette.

    Dempsey didn’t go to the press, Jol did.

    Dempsey didn’t have to retract statements, Jol did.

    Grow up.


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