Fulham on the deadline of this summer’s transfer window because he didn’t feel appreciated.

Dempsey was keen to remain in the Premier League and only moved across London and this weekend he is set for his first visit back since his reported £7million move.

The USA international managed to bag an impressive 23 goals for Fulham in his final season with the Cottagers as he was a key cog in their machine.

Despite this his five and a half year stay came to a bitter end and he was left out of the team’s pre-season tour to Switzerland with rumours of Liverpool making an enquiry.

Jol believed that there was a chance for Dempsey to stay but he did not agree and believed it was time to move on.

The 29 year old told the Independent: “If you always felt valued and appreciated enough, I don’t think you’d ever leave, but it came to a point for me where I didn’t feel valued and appreciated, not by the fans, but by other situations. That’s just the way things went.

“It’s unfortunate how things happened in the end but you look forward to going back and how you’re received, you’re received.

“But no matter what, I’ll always look back with good memories and be grateful for the club and the fans for the way they took care of me.

“The fans were great to me, the chairman was great to me and it got to the point where I wanted to keep going and try to further my career.”

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