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Fulham boss Jol hopeful of resolving 'awkward' Dempsey situation this week

The Dutchman has insisted that no Champions League clubs have come in for the American attacker, despite his desire to leave the Cottagers to play at a higher level.

Fulham manager Martin Jol has insisted the club have still received no official bids for Clint Dempsey, but hopes to remove any doubt over the attacker's future within the next week.

The American international hasn't played since learning of interest from Liverpool and the London club has filed a complaint over Brendan Rodgers' recent comments on the player. However, the Dutchman insists that no Champions League clubs have yet expressed an interest - despite Dempsey's well-documented desire to play at that level - a situation Jol described as "awkward."

“I always said I would be very happy if he wants to talk to us again and to sit down with us, there is no formal bid on the table so I cannot do anything about it," Jol told the official club website. “You can ask too much from a player and make it difficult for him, but that was never the case. I know what he wants to happen.

"He wants to go to a Champions [League] club, but there is no Champions [League] club in for him, so it is a very awkward situation for us, and maybe for him. The situation is what it is, and I can't change it so hopefully something will happen in the next week, and if not, I don't know what will happen."

Fulham beat Norwich 5-0 on the opening day of the season, with youngster Alexander Kacaniklic taking Dempsey's place in the starting lineup. And Jol is confident that the former Liverpool attacker can fill the hole left by the American, who scored 17 league goals last term.

"Even Kaca [Kacaniklic] who came in for Clint on the left, filled in his role and did it in a very good manner. Kerim [Frei] will be back next week. So we've got two options. Especially with the Dempsey situation, it's nice to see that we've got youngsters coming in and doing a good job."

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