Without a social media post or statement on a club website, it emerged on Monday night that Mousa Dembele has decided to retired from professional football.
Dembele then spent seven glorious years in North London with Tottenham Hotspur. He made a total of 243 appearances for the club, and soon became a fan favourite with a number of memorable performances in the middle of the park.
In fact, many people believe the former Belgium international is one of the most underrated player in Premier League history alongside the likes of Park Ji-sung and Ricardo Carvalho.
A compilation of the midfielder in action reminds us all that he was indeed one of the best dribblers of all time. I mean, just check out this compilation below. The ball just stuck to his foot.
Right. No arguments please. This guy is one of the best midfielders dribblers of all time. 🤤 pic.twitter.com/rivrDQWVNG— Football Tweet ⚽ (@Football__Tweet) March 29, 2020
According to Belgian publication HLN, Dembele is now back in Antwerp and wants to spend more time with his children Maleec and Fellah.
The midfielder can certainly look back on his career with pride. Back in 2017, former manager Mauricio Pochettino described the midfielder as a "genius" and among the best he had ever worked with.
He added: "We always told him, 'If we had taken you at 18 or 19 years old, you would have become one of the best players in the world.' I would have loved to have taken him on at 18."
Pochettino isn't the only man to express his admiration for Dembele.
🗣 Kevin de Bruyne: “For me, in a five-a-side he’s the best player in the world.”— Talking THFC (@TalkingTHFC) January 17, 2019
🗣 Mauricio Pochettino: “Without Mousa Dembele, we do not exist. Tottenham does not exist.”
🗣 Martin Jol: "Dembele is probably the best player on the ball I’ve ever seen."#COYS pic.twitter.com/nADzRxwUL5
Eric Dier, another former Spurs teammate, is quoted as saying Dembele was a "freak of nature". He added: "Physically, he's a monster but he's got ballerina feet."
Sadly though, injuries took their toll and it makes you think - what could have been?
Anyway, happy retirement Mousa. You gave the Premier League some great memories in the colours of Fulham and Spurs.
Featured Image Credit: Twitter
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