By RYAN TOLMICH
Since the moment he stepped off the field following the U.S. Men’s National Team’s final World Cup contest in Brazil, every question surrounding DeAndre Yedlin has centered around what his next move might be. However, it appears that the Seattle Sounders fullback finally has his answer.
The 21-year-old has finalized a move to England’s Tottenham Hotspur, with the Premier League side paying a fee of $3.5 million. Yedlin has signed a four-year contract with the club, but is being allowed to stay with to the Sounders for the remainder of the 2014 season.
“Did I have any doubts when I first came back (from the World Cup)? I think when I first came back because where I am right now is back home, so I’m comfortable,” Yedlin said in an exclusive interview with Goal.com. “But I think it’s a good time to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself on a different scale and that’s what I’m looking to do at Tottenham.”
Yedlin now moves to Spurs, former team of his national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who featured for the London club in 1994-95.
“I’ve talked to (Klinsmann) a lot about this move and he supports it,” Yedlin said, “which was one of the big reasons behind the decision.”
Yedlin, who featured three times for the U.S. during the team’s time in Brazil, has played in 52 first team contests for the Sounders since signing out of the University of Akron as the club’s first homegrown player.
The completion of the deal could lead to Yedlin featuring for the MLS side as early as Wednesday, when the Sounders take on the Chicago Fire in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.
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