Tottenham's Dempsey: I didn't feel valued at Fulham

Shaun Botterill

American forward claims he enjoyed his time at Craven Cottage but was simply not appreciated

Clint Dempsey has taken a swipe at Fulham's management, claiming he didn't feel valued or appreciated at the club before his transfer deadline day move to Tottenham Hotspur.

The American reportedly refused to play at the beginning of the season as he tried to push through a move away from SW6 but, since, he has refuted the claims.

And now, as he prepares to face his former club alongside former Fulham team-mate Moussa Dembele, Dempsey has highlighted his own reasons for quitting Craven Cottage - and they don't reflect well on Martin Jol.

"If you always felt valued and appreciated enough, I don't think you'd ever leave," said the 29 year-old.

"But it came to a point for me where I didn't feel valued and appreciated, not by the fans, but by other situations. That's just the way things went."

From the outside looking in, it couldn't appear any more different. Dempsey enjoyed his greatest season yet last year, claiming 23 goals and becoming the focal point of the team. Rumours were abound at the time that Fulham were prepared to make Dempsey their highest earner and Jol had become quite palpably reliant on his goalscoring capabilities.

But the player, who had been at Fulham for five years, had his heart set on bigger things. As such, his relationship with Jol soured and it soon became beyond repair. With Liverpool pushing for his signature, his departure became inevitable but, with the Anfield side unable to stump up the funds, he joined Spurs.

And, facing his old side for the first time since his move, Dempsey was keen to express the positives in his time with the Whites. He was part of the team that achieved our highest ever Premier League finish and played a vital role in our fateful Europa League journey.

"Any time I go back, there will always be good memories," he said.

"It's unfortunate how things happened in the end but you look forward to going back and how you're received, you're received.

"But no matter what, I'll always look back with good memories and be grateful for the club and the fans for the way they took care of me.

"The fans were great to me, the chairman was great to me and it got to the point where I wanted to keep going and try to further my career."

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