Dempsey: I did not feel valued or appreciated at Fulham

The 29-year-old forward forced through a move to White Hart Lane in the summer and looks set to endure a hostile reception on his return to his former club at the weekend.

Tottenham midfielder Clint Dempsey has revealed that he left Fulham on the final day of the transfer window because he did not "feel valued and appreciated" at the west London club.

Andre Villas-Boas' side travels to Craven Cottage on Saturday looking for its third Premier League victory on the trot, after holding off a resilient Liverpool side on Wednesday to win 2-1, with the team in fifth and three points outside of the top four.

Dempsey, who will be returning to his former club for the first time, is keen to explain his reasons behind leaving the side where he made his name during a five-year spell.

"If you always felt valued and appreciated enough, I don’t think you’d ever leave but it came to a point where I didn’t feel valued and appreciated," Dempsey told London Evening Standard.  "Not by the fans but by other situations. That’s just the way things went.

"The situation is difficult because things go on behind the scenes that the fans don’t really know about. The fans were great to me, the chairman [Mohamed Fayed] was great to me but it got the point where I wanted to keep going and try to further my career."

Despite the admission of feeling undervalued, Dempsey went on to thank his former club for helping him make a name for himself, and said he wasn't worried about how he would be received on his return.

"I thank them for the five-and-a-half years I had there, which were some of the best experiences I’ve had, and I’m grateful to the chairman for taking a chance on me," he said. "Any time I go back, there will always be good memories. How you’re received, you’re received. It’s unfortunate how things happened but I look forward to going back."

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