‘Freak of nature’ who was a regular under Mauricio Pochettino retires from football

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Mousa Dembele has announced his retirement from professional football, according to Belgian news outlet HLN.

The midfielder spent six and a half years at Tottenham after joining the North London club from Fulham in the summer of 2012.

The Belgian international made 249 appearances for the Lilywhites, scoring 10 goals for the club in all competitions (Transfermarkt).

He was an important part of the Mauricio Pochettino revolution at Spurs, which saw the club challenge for the Premier League title during the 2015/16 and 2016/17 campaigns.

The midfielder departed Spurs to join Chinese Super League club Guangzhou City back in 2019.

Dembele announced his retirement from international football back in 2020 (HLN) and it now looks like the former Spurs man has also called time on his club career.

HLN report the 34-year-old played his last game for Guangzhou on August 11 and that his contract with the Chinese club ended on December 31.

The 34-year-old was regarded by many of his Tottenham team-mates during the Pochettino era as the best they played with, Eric Dier once described the Belgian as a ‘freak of nature’. (Soccer AM).

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Dembele was arguably one of the most talented players to have ever graced the Premier League. The 34-year-old’s skill set was quite unique and at his pomp, he dominated even the best midfielders in the world.

However, his early retirement should end this notion that Spurs made a mistake by letting him go in 2019. It was clear from his farewell interview to Spurs TV that Dembele wanted to leave so that he could get one final big contract.

It is evident now that he wanted to secure himself financially ahead of his retirement, particularly given his injury issues.

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