Fulham boss Martin Jol insists he has ‘no regrets’ over Clint Dempsey’s summer departure to Tottenham.
The USA international was the club’s top goalscorer last season with 23 goals in all competitions, but a desire to regularly play in Europe prompted a move to White Hart Lane on the final day of the transfer window.
And, ahead of Dempsey’s return to Craven Cottage with his Spurs team-mates for the Premier League clash on Saturday, Jol has said he has no lingering regrets over the transfer saga and respects the American’s decision to leave.
“We did everything we could do so there are no regrets,” Jol told reporters.
“He wanted to be appreciated financially and he wanted a bigger club, a Champions League club, and that is what he probably got with Spurs.
“Even when I said in my last conversation with him that I loved him, it was not good enough to keep him here. If you feel appreciated, you would like maybe to stay at Fulham so there is a contradiction there.
“I think he felt loved but he still wanted to move, but of course I understand what he means.”
Jol went on to suggest Dempsey’s mind was made up about leaving Craven Cottage as soon as he returned for pre-season training in July, with Liverpool heavy touted as his initial destination.
“From the first day he came back from holiday he didn’t want to play here. He wanted to move so of course you can force the issue and then come up with things,” Jol said.
“But hopefully he will get over it and hopefully he will feel loved at Spurs.”