De Jong's kung-fu kick on Xabi was a key moment in a brutal World Cup final.
But De Jong revealed: "I don't regret anything. I never intended to hurt him. And after such a great World Cup I came back in the dressing room of Manchester City as a different player. Well, that's how it felt.
"I had just played in the final of the World Cup. It gives you a different status. The lads at City said they were impressed with the Dutch team's performances out there in South Africa. That was really nice.''