GENOA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 29: Clint Dempsey of USA celebrates the opening goal during the international friendly match between Italy and USA at Luigi Ferraris Stadium on February 29, 2012 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey has pledged his near future to Fulham, dismissing rumours over the summer that linked him with a lucrative move to Paris St. Germain.
With the 28 year old in fine form, top European clubs have been consistently credited with an interest although, as of yet, nothing has gone through. His performance, and goal, in the USA's fine win over Italy in Genoa on Wednesday added yet more fuel to the fire but the American, who is Fulham's top goalscorer this season by a fair distance, suggested that staying with Fulham beyond the summer is something he plans to do.
With a contract that runs out on 2013, he could well be achieving his goal of Champions League football with another European side within two years but he took a cautionary step back from comments he made earlier in the season which suggested a move was on the cards in the foreseeable future.
Speaking to SI.com, Dempsey said: "After this season I have one more [contract year] with Fulham. All you can do is make the most of where you're at. That's what I've been doing.
"The grass isn't always greener. What if it's not Fulham that makes Champions League and you go to a different team and you're knocked out after one or two games? Is it really worth the move?
"It would have to be the right situation. Right now I'm happy at Fulham and trying to finish the season strong. We'll see what the future holds."
While there's certainly no guarantee in those comments, it's still pleasant to see some kind of commitment from a man who, despite his ever-growing pedigree, has stayed loyal to the club throughout its most pressing periods.