Yedlin: Spurs legend Klinsmann has taken my game to the next level

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The defender has a lot to thank the World Cup winning former Germany international for, ahead of his move to Tottenham.

Future Tottenham signing DeAndre Yedlin has paid credit to ex White Hart Lane star and US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, emphasising that the German's faith and commitment has helped him become a better player.

Klinsmann is a hero at Spurs after two short but spectacular spells at the club in the 1990s, and he and his players, including Yedlin, have been training at Hotspur Way ahead of the United States' upcoming game with Colombia at Craven Cottage on Friday.

Though Klinsmann's time at Spurs is in the past, despite continuing reports that he would be a candidate for any future managerial vacancy, Yedlin's connection with Tottenham is very much on the horizon.

The young fullback has shone as Seattle Sounders have progressed to the MLS Cup semi final, with a move to Tottenham lined up sometime in the next few months.

"He's a legend of the game in my eyes," the Sounders star said of his national boss.

"He's the coach at the highest level in my country.

"To have that praise and support from him means a lot to me, and shows that he has a lot of confidence and trust in me

"He's elevated my game to the next level."

Tottenham have suffered at right back this season as a result of Kyle Walker's extended absence from the first team with a pelvic injury, leading to suggestions Yedlin's switch to White Hart Lane may be brought forward to provide cover on that side of defence.

With the 21-year-old likely to feature in the game at Fulham on Friday, there will be plenty of interested Spurs fans eager to see how he does in his first game in London, curious to see just how high a level Klinsmann has helped the defender reach.

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