Tottenham's new signing Clint Dempsey has admitted he is relieved to have secured a move to White Hart Lane after a tense end to his spell at Fulham.
The American was linked with a move away from Craven Cottage throughout the summer, with Liverpool said to be his preferred destination, before agreeing a £6 million switch to Spurs on deadline day.
And Dempsey is delighted to have moved to a side where he’ll not only have the chance to play in Europe, but also without unduly unsettling his family.
Dempsey told The Guardian, "I'm very relieved and looking forward to getting back to playing.
"I think the team is a perfect fit. They qualified for a place last season for the Champions League but missed out on a technicality.
"But it's still in London. My family doesn't have to move far. My daughter, she can go to another international school and be on the same curriculum. It couldn't have worked out any better in that regard."
After netting 23 times in all competitions for Fulham last season, Dempsey had made no secret of his desire to play for a Champions League club.
And despite not being the case for Tottenham this season, he believes there is sufficient quality within the side to do so in future.
"I always wanted to play at the highest level possible. That was never a secret. That's something I always said.
"It would be a dream of mine to play Champions League and you want to play on the best team possible to try to get there.
"That's definitely a team with a lot of quality in it but now it's all about the team that I'm with."
After five years at Fulham, Dempsey concedes he was disappointed to leave on sour terms after refuting reports suggesting he refused to play but is now looking forward to his career at Tottenham.
"I'm disappointed in the way I was portrayed in the end with Fulham,” he admitted
"There were some things that were said that weren't true. That's in the past.
"It's about looking towards the future. I'm looking forward to playing with Tottenham. It's a great team, a great club.
"I want to thank the fans of Fulham. It's been five great years."