Mousa Dembele retires from football: The genius who replaced Modric and everyone who played him saw him as the best ever


Former Tottenham and Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele has hung his shoes on a nail at the age of 34. Dembele who has played with Guangzhou City in China since leaving Tottenham in 2019, started his career with Germinal Beerschot before transferring to Eredivisie’s Willem II team while still a teenager.

He impressed so much in his year with Willem II that he was immediately kidnapped by AZ Alkmaar, who was led by Louis van Gaal at the time. He would continue to make over 150 appearances for AZ over the next four years, winning the Eredivisie title in 2009 before moving to England.

After shining in the Premier League with Fulham, who signed him for milionë 5million in 2010, while Tottenham paid his 15 15m release clause two years later after seeing him as a replacement for Luka Modric, i who had just left for Real Madrid.

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A ‘genius’ for Pochettinon

Modric had left a huge gap to fill, while Dembele was another type of midfielder, but he rose to the task, with former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino seeing him as one of the greatest geniuses he has met in football. .

“He has started working hard, we are very happy with him.”

I always say, “Mousa, when I write my book, I will say that you are one of the genius players I have been lucky enough to meet.”

“They are Maradona, Ronaldinho, Jay-Jay Okocha, Ivan de la Pena and Mousa Dembele. “We have always told him that if we had taken him at the age of 18 or 19, he would have become one of the best players in the world,” Pochettino said in 2017.

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Dembele played 82 times for Belgium, scoring five goals and was part of the Red Devils squad for the 2018 World Cup, which finished in third place.

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