Fulham’s Clint Dempsey says he is desperate to get a shot at playing in the Champions League in his career – but says he will keep focused on playing for the Cottagers next season for the time being.
Dempsey has been linked with a move to both Liverpool and Arsenal in recent months after enjoying his most successful Premier League campaign to date.
The American international bagged 17 league goals to help Fulham reach ninth place last season, prompting both Liverpool and Arsenal to express an interest in him.
Last week USA coach and former Tottenham forward Jurgen Klinsmann urged Dempsey to seek a move away from Fulham in order to fulfill his dream of playing in Europe’s leading competition.
While the 29-year-old says he will focus on playing for Fulham for the time being he made no secret of his desire to rub shoulders with Europe’s finest footballers.
“The transfer window is open until August 31 - its no secret that I would like to play Champions League one day in my career," he told reporters. "If it's meant to be, it will be.
"What I do is focus on the teams that I play for and I give my heart to them, work as hard as I can to try to make the most of my time and make the most of the career that I have left."
While both Liverpool and Arsenal are interested a move to either club can only be done if serious obstacles are overcome.
Liverpool are unable to offer Champions League football for the third successive season and while Arsenal can, manager Arsene Wenger may be reluctant to take a punt on a player of Dempsey’s age.