Fulham fined Clint Dempsey on Friday for allegededly refusing to play Saturday in its Premier League season opener vs. Norwich City, and manager Martin Jol confirmed that Dempsey will not start.
“Clint Dempsey wants to move,” Jol said. “He doesn’t want to commit to this club and, while I would like to keep him, it’s impossible because he wants to move. He told me that he wants to go to a Champions League club — he said it last year, he said it in the summer, and he said it again.
“We’ll have to wait and see what happens but it’s a sad situation for us and it’s almost embarrassing.
“We’ve got a chairman who is strong and if we get the right price for Clint then we will sell him. If we don’t, then he will stay here. We won’t let Clint Dempsey go on the cheap, that’s for sure.”