Fulham star Clint Dempsey has admitted his ambition to play in the Champions League.

The revelation will alert a number of clubs who have been monitoring his contract situation, with his current deal having 18 months remaining before it expires.

Sky Sports sources earlier in January revealed QPR were interested in Dempsey, but his form and Champions League dreams could alert some of Europe's heavyweights.

The 28-year-old underlined his ability during the defeat of Newcastle last weekend by becoming the first American to score a hat-trick in the Premier League.

Dempsey, who reached the Europa League final with Fulham in 2010, continues to strive for success, and he said in The Times: "You should never get content.

"I want to play in the Champions League."

The USA international added: "Nobody thought I would get this far. I want to go as far as I can."