I was close to tears! Dempsey devastated by Fulham row before exit to Tottenham
21:30 GMT, 7 September 2012
Tottenham new boy Clint Dempsey has revealed how his exit from Fulham left him close to tears.
The American forward fell out with manager Martin Jol during pre-season, resulting in suggestions that the 29-year-old had refused to play for Fulham – claims the forward denies.
Liverpool were expected to complete a move for Dempsey, but instead he joined Tottenham in a 6million deal, registered just minutes before the 11pm deadline eight days ago.
In tears: Clint Dempsey said the row preceding his move to Tottenham was 'tough' to deal with
'I just remember calling my wife and my mom and almost wanting to break down in tears because it was a tough time,' Dempsey 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 was difficult for Fulham and for me, not knowing how it was going to end.
'It's about holding on to hope that something was going to happen that both parties would be happy with.
'In the end that was accomplished, but the deal didn't get done until 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 11pm.'
On the rumours surrounding his exit from Fulham, Dempsey said: 'I did not refuse to play. Some things that were said were not true.'
Demspey was Fulham's top scorer last season with 23 goals but is now looking forward to proving himself across the capital.
'I'll die a happy man in the sense of knowing I was able to see if I could do it (at a higher level) or not,' he said.
Proving it: Dempsey hopes he can show he is capable of playing at the top level