Clint Dempsey opens up (well, a little bit, anyway)
Clint Dempsey isn’t exactly clearing the air as he goes public for the first time – not counting a precious few words on Twitter – on the transfer melodrama that unfolded so unflatteringly last month.
The most important U.S. attacker barely had time to check into his new White Hart Lane address following last week’s 11th-hour move from Fulham to London rival Tottenham.
By Monday he was in Miami, where the U.S. national team will train for another day before Wednesday’s departure into Jamaica for Friday’s World Cup qualifier.
So, let’s look at what Dempsey told reporters there following Monday’s workout:
Unless he or someone at Fulham are more forthcoming, we’ll never know the truths from the lesser-truths about offers that did or did not arrive into Craven Cottage following Dempsey’s breakthrough 2011-12 season. Perhaps it doesn’t matter now, but the miscommunication was most likely found at the murky intersections where handshake agreements and speculative transfer amounts meet.
Was it anybody’s fault? We’ll probably never know – and, again, it really doesn’t matter now. (Well, unless you’re a Liverpool fan, I suppose; you may still have something to stew about in all this.)
For his part, Dempsey is clearly happy about the turn of events, even tipping the family-man benefits along with the realization of his highest-value target all along, to land at a club with higher ambition than perennial relegation dodgers Fulham.