Tottenham Hotspur may not have signed anyone this season, but fans were forced to wave goodbye to one of their favourite stars of recent years.
Mousa Dembele had been a sensation under Mauricio Pochettino, with his seemingly impossible marauding runs and ballerina feet.
Unfortunately, the pace of the Premier League was beginning to take its toll, and Dembele wanted to search for a new challenge.
This challenge came in the form of the Chinese Super League, and Guangzhou R&F. Dembele had under six months left on his contract, meaning that Tottenham were forced to claim just £11m for him.
However, since regaining his fitness, Dembele has now appeared three times for his new club, even scoring a goal from range in this time.
It appears that the midfielder is very happy with his move and enjoying life in China.
Mousa’s father gave an interview this week, telling the press why his son decided to move countries.
Yaya Dembele said (DH): “It’s a long way off, but it’s a new challenge. To be a little further away, without too many people around you, can do good. To think, to take time for your children. He asked me for advice but he decided in the end.
“It is not a championship so easy, it is more complicated than people think. The opposition are not kids, they play well and fast.
“He likes to discover, to know new things, he will develop in contact with new people.
“This [missing grandchildren] is the biggest concern of his [Mosua’s] departure for me.
“But I have them on the phone every night before they go to sleep, we talk a lot about the family, about his life there, and I can assure you that he feels great in China. He loves his new everyday life and complains about nothing.”
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