Tottenham forward Clint Dempsey says he left Fulham because he did not feel appreciated at the club.
Dempsey will return to Craven Cottage on Saturday for the first time since he left the west London club to move across the capital this summer.
The United States international scored 23 goals in a glorious final season at Fulham, but his five-and-a-half-year spell at Craven Cottage came to a bitterly disappointing end for the 29-year-old attacker.
Martin Jol left Dempsey out of Fulham's squad for their pre-season training camp in Switzerland after Liverpool had made an enquiry for the player, and the Cottagers boss then decided the Texan was not in the right frame of mind to play for the club once the season started.
Jol insisted there was a chance Dempsey could stay, but the American felt deeply unhappy at his treatment by the club and decided he had to move on.
Dempsey said: "If you always felt valued and appreciated enough, I don't think you'd ever leave, but...