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Dempsey unhappy with portrayal
Published : 04 Sep 2012 07:55:00
Clint Dempsey is disappointed how his exit from Fulham played out as he felt he had always been clear about his ambitions.
The United States international made a transfer deadline-day move to Tottenham, bringing to an end a long-running saga regarding his future.
Liverpool had courted the player for much of the summer with Fulham making a formal complaint to the Premier League about what they claimed was an illegal approach for Dempsey from the Anfield club.
There were even reports that the 29-year-old had effectively gone on strike and the forward did not appear in either of the Cottagers' opening two fixtures of the season. Dempsey said: "I'm disappointed in the way I was portrayed, in the end, with Fulham. "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." He added: "There were some things that were said that weren't true.
"That's in the past now. It's about looking toward the future and like I said, I'm looking forward to playing with Tottenham. It's a great team, a great club. "I want to thank the fans of Fulham. It's been five great years. "Some of my best memories in football have been there. I want to thank the chairman for talking a chance on me from MLS and I wish them well in the future."