Klinsmann hopes Dempsey gets Champions League move

Reuters

Fri, 25 May 22:02:00 2012

United States head coach Juergen Klinsmann hopes that his forward Clint Dempsey gets a move to a Champions League club after his fine season with English side Fulham.

Dempsey scored 17 goals in 37 league appearances for Fulham this season and has made it clear that he would relish the chance to play with a bigger club in Europe's top competition.

That is a feeling that is shared by his national team coach, the former German international striker who is preparing his team for Saturday's friendly against Scotland.

"If you play consistently at the highest level then offers will come in. I think everybody is aware of that. His goal is the right goal, we have often discussed it," the former Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur striker said on a conference call.

"If he has the opportunity to go to a Champions League team, that's the creme de la creme of club soccer then you have to do that, with all the respect obviously to Fulham, as he often mentions.

"But you want to play in the biggest club competition in the world and that's the European Champions League and hopefully something will happen over the next couple of weeks," he said.

"If it doesn't happen then he has to keep pounding away and knocking at the door."

Klinsmann said he has not talked about Dempsey's club situation during training this week but said it had been a topic over the past season.

"We haven't talked about it yet (this week) - but before on the phone, following up his Premier League games we discussed different ways of approaching things," said Klinsmann.

Dempsey will not feature against Scotland in Jacksonville as he recovers from a groin injury but Klinsmann is hoping he will be back for Wednesday's friendly against Brazil as the Americans prepare for June's World Cup qualifying games.

Landon Donovan is in the U.S. squad after missing a number of friendly games during Klinsmann's first year in charge and Klinsmann sympathised with the player, who said this week that he was finding it hard to find the hunger for the game.

"I think every player goes through those moments. Some a bit earlier, some a bit later," said Klinsmann.

"I had those moments too, they came usually when you were kind of ready for the next step or a change. It helped me a lot to change (clubs) a few times more. It kept me on my toes and I kept learning a lot of things off the field too. I had those thoughts though," he said.

After facing Brazil in Baltimore, the U.S travel to Toronto to take on Canada on June 3.

The CONCACAF regional qualifiers for the World Cup begin on June 8 in Tampa when Klinsmann's team face Antigua and Barbuda and then four days later face Guatemala on the road.

 

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  1. Great! The more people who don't think he's­ good enough the better as far as I'm concerned. ­ Let's hope none of the big wigs in teams playing­ Champions League think he is either. Sorry Clint but I­ don't want to see you leave the cottage COYW

    From Binky C, on Tue 29 May 10:23
  2. You 2 guys obviously dont watch Fulham play very­ often,I can think of an awful lot of so called super­ stars that I wouldn't want to swap him­ with......The guy is TOP CLASS, in effort, application­ and ability, doesn't get the headlines cos he's­ not in the PRIMA DONNA CLASS OF PLAYER. If he was­ English he'd be one of the 1st names on the team­ sheet and we'd be very happy to have him.

    From Nigel, on Mon 28 May 16:18
  3. He would not make the grade, Fulham is about right for­ a player of his quality.

    From Rob, on Sat 26 May 22:50
  4. Not good enough

    From Ronsenglish, on Sat 26 May 13:39
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