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Dempsey discusses Spurs exit

Clint Dempsey says he expected to remain at White Hart Lane

By | 14th August 2013
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Former Tottenham midfielder Clint Dempsey has spoken out about his White Hart Lane departure following his big money return to Major League Soccer. The former Fulham man returned to his home country – the United States – to join the Seattle Sounders, instantly becoming one of the league’s highest paid players. Dempsey, however, revealed that the transfer surfaced extremely quickly, and admits that he expected to play at White Hart Lane this season.

“I had two years left on my contract at Tottenham. To be honest with you, going back to pre-season, I thought I would be there [this season] but I guess it was just timing,” Dempsey told the London Evening Standard.

“The right situation came along. The MLS and the Seattle Sounders moved mountains to get me back and I wanted to come back when I could still do it. I didn’t want to come back when I was past it because I wanted to make an impact.”

Dempsey made his Seattle Sounders debut this past weekend, coming on for another player that Premier League fans will recognize: former Newcastle United striker Obafemi Martins. Dempsey entered the match just 30 minutes in following an injury to the Nigerian striker, and helped the club to a 2-1 win. Dempsey’s home debut for the club is set to come on the 25th of August and will likely be one of the most attended Major League Soccer matches in history.

According to the league’s official website, the club has already sold over 66,000 tickets for what will likely be Dempsey’s home debut, meaning the midfielder will play in front of more fans than an average Premier League game.

Tottenham, meanwhile, have already replaced Dempsey through the signing of Nacer Chadli.



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