Martin Jol admits his disappointment in losing Pavel Pogrebnyak has been replaced with the satisfaction of bringing Dimitar Berbatov to Fulham.
Pogrebnyak impressed during a four-month stint at Craven Cottage before departing in May to join Reading, bankrolled by new Russian owner Anton Zingarevich.
But with the arrival of Berbatov since the Russian's departure, Jol believes the transfers have worked in his favour ahead of Fulham's trip to the Madejski Stadium this weekend.
"I was bothered by Pavel leaving at the time but not any more," said Jol.
"I liked Pavel very much and he liked the club as well, but he made a decision.
"Reading made a very good offer to him and he decided to go there. His ambition, like other professionals, is to do as well as possible and to earn as much as possible.
"It was not an easy decision for him, believe me, because I spoke to him a couple of times. But he made that choice.
"At that time I was very disappointed but later on I thought, 'if Pavel would have stayed maybe Berbatov would not have been here'.
"In hindsight Pavel was a good transfer for us. I would never blame him. We had a few good conversations and he did it with pain in his heart.
"Overall I would like him to do well because he is a great player and a great person. He gave everything and he wanted to score, he was eager and it was one of the best transfers I've made in the last couple of seasons."