Fulham F.C. announced today that American international Clint Dempsey will not accompany the club to Switzerland for its preseason training camp and instead will remain in London to train with the club’s youth players. Perhaps anticipating the obvious questions, the club insists that Dempsey is being left behind because he is not in “match shape.” At least to this writer, that makes no sense- he’s being left out of a training camp because he’s not in good enough shape? Isn’t that what training camp is for? Am I missing something here?
There’s been no additional mention of Liverpool’s interest in Dempsey (which was rumored earlier this summer), but the timing of Dempsey being left behind and ofLiverpool having shipped
mistake striker Andy Carroll to West Ham United on a season long loan is certainly curious at the very least.
It may be nothing, but I stick by my belief that Dempsey has played his last match for the Cottagers.