Tottenham's Dempsey: I wanted to break down in tears

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 06: Clint Dempsey of Fulham puts his thumbs up during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Sunderland at Craven Cottage on May 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Clint Dempsey has finally spoken out about his controversial move from Fulham to Tottenham Hotspur, claiming the transfer almost made him break down in tears.

It was a dramatic saga that lasted the whole summer, twisting from the absurd to the ridiculous. It culminated, though, in a deadline day switch to North London and the American seems happy enough with the move.

That's in spite of the fact his heart was set predominantly on Brendan Rodger's Liverpool, who had themselves waited until the very last hours of the transfer window to put in a bid that was deemed well below Fulham's valuation of the player.

The whole affair has clearly got to Dempsey, though, who was keen to stress that things weren't always quite as they were portrayed.

"I just remember calling my wife and my mom and almost wanting to break down in tears because it was a tough time," the forward told Sports Illustrated.

"Going into that last day and night there were still a lot of question marks. It wasn't clear-cut this was going to happen.

"Some other things came up and you are going through that struggle, which was not fun for anybody."

It certainly wasn't fun for Fulham, who were insulted both by Dempsey's behaviour and Liverpool's devious pursuit of the player.

"It was difficult for Fulham and for me, not knowing how it's going to end," said Dempsey.

"It's just about having that faith, holding onto hope that something was going to happen that both parties were going to be happy with.

"In the end that was accomplished, but the deal didn't get done until right about 9pm, and that was when a fee was agreed.

"But then you had to look at all the logistics, trying to get to Tottenham's training ground, trying to make sure all the paperwork was through, doing the medical, signing the contract and having everything sent back before the deadline at 11."

And did he really strike, as was so widely reported?

"I did not refuse to play. There were some things that were said that were not true."

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cottagers Confidential

You must be a member of Cottagers Confidential to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cottagers Confidential. You should read them.

Join Cottagers Confidential

You must be a member of Cottagers Confidential to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cottagers Confidential. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker