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Klinsmann urges Dempsey departure

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Dempsey wants Champions League football (©GettyImages)
Dempsey wants Champions League football (©GettyImages).

U.S national coach Jurgen Klinsmann has urged Clint Dempsey to leave Fulham in order to sign for a bigger club and play Champions League football.

Dempsey, who is a transfer target for both Liverpool and Arsenal this summer, hinted he would be open to a move in order to develop as a player by taking part in the Champions League.

Liverpool and Arsenal have sent scouts to watch the American international in action this season, and are believed to considering making an offer for him.

Dempsey enjoyed his best Premier League season to date with the Cottagers last term, finding the back of the net 23 times in all competitions, including a match wining strike against Liverpool back in December.

Now Klinsmann has urged Dempsey to capitalise on his excellent form by securing a deal to a major club that can offer his Champions League football.

"His goal is the right goal," Klinsmann told ESPN Soccernet. "If he has the opportunity to go a Champions League team, that's the creme de la creme in the world of club soccer, then you've got to do that. With all 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.

"So hopefully something will happen over the next couple weeks. But if it doesn't happen, then he just has to keep kind of pounding away and knocking at the door," he added.

A potential stumbling block in a move to Arsenal could be Dempsey’s age. At 29-year-old he goes against the grain of a usual Arsene Wenger signing, while the fact Liverpool seem some way away from qualifying for the Champions League could also impact upon his thinking.

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