American midfielder wasn’t expecting Seattle move.
USA international Clint Dempsey admits his exit from Tottenham this summer came as something of a surprise to him, he told Sky Sports News.
Dempsey had established himself as one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League during his time with Fulham, and was one of the most in-demand players in last summer’s transfer window, attracting interest from various top clubs before joining Tottenham.
However, despite 12 goals in all competitions for Spurs, the 30-year-old never truly found his best form at White Hart Lane, and was moved on to Seattle Sounders this summer for around £5.8million.
He is pleased to return to the US, but admits he did not expect to leave North London after just one season, as he still had two years remaining on his contract with the club.
He said: “I had two years left on my contract at Tottenham and going back there in pre-season, I thought I was going to be there but I guess it is just timing.”
Dempsey says he is pleased to be at a club where he feels wanted, and is looking forward to playing with a bit more freedom of expression in the MLS.
He added: “The right situation came along and MLS and Seattle Sounders, they moved mountains to get me back and I wanted to come back whilst I could still do it, I wanted to come back and make an impact.
“I don’t know what my effect will be, I am looking forward to getting back and playing more the South America style, having that creative freedom and getting on the ball.”