Mousa Dembele has left Tottenham Hotspur and signed for Chinese Super League team Guangzhou R&F. Subject to international clearance, the midfielder will leave for £9m.
The Belgian signed for Tottenham from Fulham in August 2012 and went on to establish himself as a key player in the team. He was one of Mauricio Pochettino’s main men, and was putting in sublime performances until injuries caught up with him. He made a total of 250 appearances for Tottenham.
The 31-year-old had just six months remaining on his contract in north London, and would have been able to leave on a free transfer in the summer. Tottenham have done well to get some money for a player that has barely played this season.
Dembele leaving does leave Tottenham quite short of options in the middle of the park, though. The hope will be that they dip into the transfer market to add some depth, but it’s not clear whether they will.
Before this season, Dembele was playing great football. He ran Spurs’ midfield, and was one of the most important members of the team. He controlled things in the middle of the park, gliding away from opposition players with ease. He’ll be fondly remembered at Tottenham.