Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is looking forward to facing Jonathan Woodgate this weekend.
Boro travel to the capital to face Tottenham and they will come up against Woodgate for the first time since he left his hometown for White Hart Lane in January.
Southgate is not bitter about the way Woodgate left, and the Boro chief feels it was just a case of the club not moving quick enough for the England international.
"You've got to believe the decisions you make are right for the club and right for the player," he said.
"At the time he left we said openly that Jonathan was disillusioned here.
"He got the opportunity to go and do what he wanted to do and that in a sense has been justified by picking up a trophy as quickly as he did.
"I certainly don't sit there and hope it doesn't work out for Jonathan because he was very important and did a great job for us.
"You want him as an individual to go on and achieve what he should achieve.
"I think as a player you always want immediate success and we had a struggle at the start to the season.
"It's been a difficult season for everybody. Emotionally it's been a draining season because in almost every game there's been just one goal in it.
"As a player, if you've been at a club like Real Madrid and you've come here and you're not challenging for trophies and you're not challenging for Europe then that can be difficult to come to terms with.
"Jonathan wanted his challenges to be at the other end of the table. I can understand that, he's been involved in the international set-up and he wants to play his football at the right end of the table.
"We all want to do that as well but our younger players have got time to get there, he perhaps felt he needed to that a bit more quickly.
"We've got a plan of what we want to do and unfortunately the timescale of that didn't fit in with what Jonathan wanted.
"I've got no bitterness about that at all, those were facts at the time, the deal was right for us and the club for him to move on and, with the players coming through, we've been able to perform at a high level despite him going. He's got a medal that he wouldn't have had and it's worked out for everybody.
"I wouldn't have wanted to let a player of that quality go without having somebody coming in and making an impact and strengthening an area of the field we felt needed strengthening.
"Jonathan was good for us and I think we were good for Jonathan.
"We got him back on track with playing nearly a full season. I think our medical team played a huge part in that and he played a massive part for us as well.
"His performances alongside Pogi (Emanuel Pogatetz) quite possibly mattered as much as the goals from Mark Viduka and Yakubu. That was a relationship that was beneficial both for us as a club and for him."