Yedlin: This is what I want to achieve before I join Spurs

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The Seattle Sounders defender has some ambitions in North America before he heads to the Premier League with Tottenham.

DeAndre Yedlin was one of the breakout stars of this summer's World Cup in Brazil, with many outside of North America knowing little about the Seattle Sounders player before the tournament.

His performances in Brazil, coupled with his strong form back in the MLS upon his return, led to Yedlin being chased by several interested parties in Europe, with Tottenham winning the battle for his signature before agreeing to him staying in Seattle until next summer.

And despite the big move looming on the horizon, the United States fullback isn't in a rush to head to the Premier League. With this being just his second season as a professional footballer, he is clearly keen to give his best at his hometown club to ensure  the Sounders finish up with a successful campaign.

“Right now, I’m just trying to focus on the MLS season — hopefully to win the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup,” the young defender said, adding that he isn't in regular contact with Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino.

“I think I grew a lot (while playing for the USA in Brazil), in a sense that now I know I can do it,” he added. “It gave me a big amount of confidence. Hopefully I can that into the rest of the season and my next step with Tottenham.”

There had been some rumours that Yedlin may end up arriving at White Hart Lane early than next summer, mainly as a result of the ongoing injury problems Kyle Walker is dealing with, but for now, the 21-year-old is taking his goals a step at a time, and aside from his MLS ambitions, he is also keen to get some more international action under his belt.

“It’s an honor to be called into any camp,” Yedlin said. “I’m looking forward to getting back and playing with all the guys. It’s been a lot of fun.

“That’s one of my next goals. Anytime I have a chance to play for the national team — whether it’s as a starter or getting on the field — it’s amazing, but I’m definitely looking forward to starting."

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