UPDATED: Tuesday, 11:11 a.m. ET
Clint Dempsey is out of Fulham’s preseason training camp in Switzerland as he eyes a move to Liverpool, Goal.com has learned.
Dempsey was not on the plane that left London on Monday morning to take part in the week-long trip, leading to further speculation that a transfer to the Reds may be in the works.
It was initially unclear if it was Dempsey's decision or coach Martin Jol's to keep the American off the trip, but a Fulham spokesperson confirmed that Dempsey stayed behind to work on his fitness.
"Clint and Hugo Rodallega are both staying in London to work on their fitness at the training ground. Neither are scheduled to feature in the weekend friendly against Nice which is the reason neither have traveled," a Fulham spokesperson told Goal.com.
Fulham will spend the week in Switzerland ahead of a friendly in neighboring France against Nice on Saturday before returning to the UK.
The 29-year-old has made it clear to Jol and senior Fulham figures that he wants to quit the club for Liverpool, whose manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he has made enquiries about signing the player.
As revealed by Goal.com earlier this month, the attacking midfielder, who scored 17 Premier League goals last season and 23 in all competitions, has rejected Fulham’s offer of a new three year-contract that includes an option for a fourth year.
Dempsey, who moved to west London five-and-a-half years ago, believes that Liverpool’s interest could be the last opportunity he gets to play for one of the elite Premier League clubs.
Nevertheless, he has vowed to remain professional while his future remains in doubt and trained with Fulham’s youth team at its Motspur Park base on Monday morning.