The Madejski Stadium

Next Game

Reading v Fulham

Saturday, 13 September 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Craven Cottage

Last Game

Fulham 1 - 1 Cardiff

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Dempsey explains Fulham exit

Former Fulham player Clint Dempsey has revealed why he left Craven Cottage in favour of a £6million switch across the capital to Tottenham.

Last Updated: 29/11/12 at 14:02 Post Comment

Clint Dempsey: Felt undervalued at Fulham

Clint Dempsey: Felt undervalued at Fulham

USA international Dempsey, who scored over 50 goals at Fulham, began to feel unappreciated and undervalued at the club after being left out of the squad for a pre-season tour of Switzerland.

After spending over five years at Craven Cottage, he is hoping for a good reception on his return this weekend, but will understand if one is not forthcoming.

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.

"If you always felt valued and appreciated enough, I don't think you'd ever leave, 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."

Mousa Dembele will also be returning to Craven Cottage for the first time since he left for Spurs and Fulham have two former Spurs favourites in Martin Jol and striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Berbatov scored 49 times in his two seasons at Tottenham while Jol delivered two top-five finishes before being sacked in 2007.

Jan Vertonghen, who signed for Spurs this summer, knows Jol well having worked with him at Ajax and has warned Spurs they must not get complacent and has predicted a tough test this weekend.

"I liked working with him and he gave me a lot of confidence," Vertonghen said.

"He is a good trainer. I was always doubting whether I was a left-back, a central midfielder, or a centre-back. He just told me I was a centre-back and he let me play there for two seasons and I started playing well.

"We've had two good wins but Fulham are a well-organised team."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Johnstone's Paint Trophy round-up: Leyton Orient knock out holders Peterborough with first-round win

Leyton Orient knocked out holders Peterborough while there were wins for Rochdale, Portsmouth, Oldham and more.

International friendly: England v Norway preview

Team news for Wednesday's international friendly clash between England and Norway at Wembley (kick-off 8pm).

England captain Wayne Rooney 'looks chubby', says Norway's Vegard Forren

Norway defender Vegard Forren says England captain Wayne Rooney “looks a bit chubby”.

Mail Box

Reasons To Feel Positive At Spurs...

They didn't complete any big deals on deadline day, but that doesn't mean Spurs fans should be down about their hopes this season. Plus, United fans say farewelbz...

Danny Welbeck - Yes, No And Maybe

And understandably busy Mailbox with the instant reactions with those happy and sad on their club's transfer dealings. On Welbeck, Arsenal, United, Spurs and loans...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property