Tottenham fans will embrace Clint Dempsey predicts Juergen Klinsmann


Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Juergen Klinsmann believes fans of the north London club will warmly embrace their new American signing Clint Dempsey.

Dempsey, who joined Spurs from Fulham shortly before the transfer deadline on Friday, is a key part of the Klinsmann-coached United States national team and the pair teamed up at training on Monday ahead of two World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica.

Klinsmann, who scored 38 goals in 65 appearances in two spells with Spurs, has no doubt that Dempsey has what it takes to win the hearts of the White Hart Lane crowd.

"He has that type of character and personality. He was admired and loved at Fulham and now it's another level to step up to for him," Klinsmann told reporters.

"As long as you work hard, as long as you give everything that you have, he has all the technical ability and talent, the people will love him," he said.

Former Germany player and coach Klinsmann retains strong links with Spurs and is clearly delighted that a player, who is key to his bid to take the US to the World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014, will ply his trade at his old club.

"I'm pleased because I can certainly tell him about that club, which is a very special one in England obviously," he said.

"He had that goal that he wanted to play European football, at the highest level as possible and he suffered over the last couple of weeks with the situation and now it's all done and he's ready."

Dempsey, who scored 17 goals in the Premier League for Fulham last season, said he was looking forward to the next chapter of his career with Tottenham.

"I think it's the perfect fit for me - I wanted to play at the highest level and last season they finished fourth which would have qualified them for the Champions League if Chelsea hadn't won the competition," the 29-year-old said.

But with Spurs, under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, bringing in several new faces, Dempsey knows he will have to fight for a place.

"To play with some of the players there, to challenge myself, I know I've got my work cut out for me to try to break into that line-up but I am just looking forward that challenge and seeing if I can rise to it," he added.

The US forward secured his desired move to a leading club after a close-season marred by tension with Fulham.

Fulham's Dutch coach Martin Jol accused Dempsey of refusing to play for the club while holding out for a move.

After signing with Spurs late on Friday and watching their home draw with Norwich City on Saturday, Dempsey flew out to Miami to prepare for Friday's qualifier in Kingston, Jamaica, leaving him little to time to say farewell to his former club.

Despite the tension of recent weeks, as a rumoured move to Liverpool failed to materialise, Dempsey said he would have only positive memories of his time at Craven Cottage.

"I was disappointed with the way things ended with Fulham, the way I was portrayed but when I look back at the five and a half years that I had there, I am always going to have a smile on my face," he said.

"I want to thank the fans for the great memories, I want to thank the chairman for taking a chance on me when I was in Major League Soccer and giving me the opportunity to play at that level.

"I also want to thank my team-mates - I was lucky enough to play with a lot of great guys, there were no big egos on the team, just good people.

"I always look back with great memories and hopefully the fans can do the same - I'll always be grateful to Fulham."



Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Luis Suarez looks towards the crowd during the 2-1 victory over England
Life and Style
Cheesecake frozen yoghurt by Constance and Mathilde Lorenzi
food + drinkThink outside the cool box for this summer’s frozen treats
John Barrowman kisses his male “bride” at a mock Gretna Green during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
peopleBarrowman's opening ceremony message to Commonwealth countries where he would be sent to prison for being gay
Sir Bradley Wiggins removes his silver medal after the podium ceremony for the men’s 4,000m team pursuit in Glasgow yesterday
Commonwealth games Disappointment for Sir Bradley in team pursuit final as England are forced to settle for silver
Alistair Brownlee (right) celebrates with his gold medal after winning the men’s triathlon alongside brother Jonny (left), who got silver
England's Jodie Stimpson won the women’s triathlon in the morning
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform