Mousa Dembele completed a move to Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F this week in a deal reported to be worth around £11 million (Guardian).
The midfielder spent 6 and a half years at Tottenham after joining from Fulham back in 2012.
Pochettino who has managed Dembele for the last four and half years, was extremely complimentary of the 31-year-old midfielder. Dembele has been a crucial part of Pochettino’s revolution at Tottenham as Spurs have gone from Champions League aspirants to title challengers.
However, there were doubts if the Belgian’s body was capable of coping with the rigors of English football in recent months, and with his contract running out at the end of the season, the transfer suits all parties involved.
Speaking about Dembele during the pre-match press conference before Tottenham’s game against Fulham, Pochettino told Football.London:”I think he is a player and a person that we are going to miss. You know very well my feeling about him, he was one of the greatest players that I met in my career.”
The Argentine also said he was pleased that the powerful midfielder had got the move to China that he wanted. Pochettino, added, “Of course I wish him all the best, his wish was to move to China, his dream became a reality now. It was a pleasure to share with him an unbelievable time here in Tottenham.”
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