Dempsey hints at Fulham exit

I want to test myself at the highest level, says US forward

Clint Dempsey: Keen to find out if he is up to the Champions League challenge.

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Clint Dempsey could be set to leave Fulham after admitting he remains desperate to play in the UEFA Champions League.

The American striker enjoyed a hugely impressive season for the Cottagers, scoring 23 goals for the club in all competitions.

Fulham have offered Dempsey a new deal to stay at the club for a seventh season, but the 29-year-old has suggested his time at the club could be coming to an end.

He told Sports Illustrated: "I am grateful for everything Fulham have done for me.

"Some of the best memories I have in soccer have been there, but the fact remains that I want to play in the Champions League. I want to play at the highest level possible.

Opportunities

"I want to do as much as I can in my career and look back and say I made the most of all the opportunities I have had.

"I am always going to want to play in Champions League. It is something I have never done. I would like to test myself at that level.

"That way I can look back and say, 'Hey, I gave it a go. Either I was good enough or I wasn't good enough."'

Dempsey added: "If I wanted to be comfortable, I would have stayed in Major League Soccer, because I would have been closer to my family and friends, and I would have been used to the way of life.

"I am a risk-taker. I want to throw myself in the deep end and see if I can swim."