Mousa Dembele has officially announced that he has retired from football at the age of 32.

The midfielder has not played for Belgium since September 2018 when he played the final ten minutes of the 3-0 win against Iceland in the UEFA Nations League which brought his international appearance total to an impressive 82 caps (transfermarkt).

Dembele, who is a legendary figure among the Tottenham Hotspur supporters departed North London in January of last year when he completed a £11million move to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F (Guardian).

The former Fulham played had struggled with injuries and fitness problems in recent seasons and was said to be fully aware of his body’s inability to continue to play Premier League football by swapping it for a less demanding competition.

In an interview with Belgian news outlet HLN, he once again admitted that fitness and injury issues were behind his reasons to hang up his boots for his country.

Dembele made 250 appearances in all competitions for the Champions League finalists, scoring 10 goals.


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