On January 17, 2019, Tottenham decided to sell midfield maestro Mousa Dembele to Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F (BBC).
Spurs received a fee of £11m for the midfielder, with Dembele due to leave on a free this summer.
The 31-year-old joined Tottenham in 2012 from Fulham for a fee of £15m (Telegraph), meaning that Spurs got almost seven years of use out of the star for just a £4m transfer fee.
Across his seven seasons with Spurs, Dembele racked up just short of 250 total appearances, scoring 10 goals in the process (Wikipedia).
Unfortunately, the Belgian powerhouse’s injury problems were beginning to catch up with him towards the end of his Tottenham career.
However, ex-Spurs star, Darren Bent’ has now claimed that Fulham and Tottenham players have told him that Dembele was the best they have ever played with.
He also claims that Spurs may have benefitted from having Dembele in the team for the latter stages of the Champions League last season.
Bent said (Football Insider): “They never replaced him in the first place. He was one that maybe after 70, 80 minutes used to run out of steam but on the ball could control possession, keep hold of it, go past players, could create, never seem to get the ball away and if you speak to the Spurs players, and the Fulham players, who played with him, like I’ve done, and some say he’s the best player they’ve ever played with.
“He was brilliant and when they let him go I did wait to see who they were going to sign and when no one came in I kind of thought, ‘they’re going to rue this’.
“Yes, they did really well last season to get past Ajax but I couldn’t help but think in the semi-final first leg if Mousa Dembele was there it might not have turned out the same way.”
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