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Dempsey expected he would stay at Spurs

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Clint Dempsey admits he was not expecting to leave Tottenham this summer when he reported back for pre-season.

The United States international finalised a move back to his homeland earlier this month when Seattle Sounders signed him after terms were agreed with Major League Soccer and Tottenham.

Speaking on Sky Sports News 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.

"The right situation came along. MLS and Seattle Sounders 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."

With David Beckham having left MLS, many are predicting Dempsey could have a similar impact on the league.

"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," he said.

Dempsey was asked whether his former team-mate Gareth Bale would be following him out of White Hart Lane.

He added: "He has been great for them and is a great player, and really helped our push for the top four last season - but I don't really want to comment on that."

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