Former Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has spoken out on leaving Tottenham and admitted he doesn’t regret his move to China.

The 32-year-old joined Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F for £11million in January and has made 19 appearances so far, scoring once, back in March.

Dembele was a fans favourite during his seven-year spell in North London, but his ongoing injuries problems during his final 18 months meant he struggled to play more than once a week, starting just 28 Premier League games from August 2017 onwards.

The Belgian international was reunited with his ex-teammates on their pre-season tour of the Far East – with Guangzhou’s game at Shanghai Shenhu coming just two days after Spurs lost to Manchester United in the International Champions Cup.

“I was very happy for Tottenham because they deserved it and no-one works harder than them,” Dembele said to BBC Sport. “As players they are very good guys so you want them to succeed.

“Money is a thing in moving here, of course. People who come here earn good money but it depends. If you come here only for the money and you don’t enjoy the experience and lock yourself away in your hotel then it’s bad.

“If you earn good money and you enjoy the culture then it’s a good experience.

“I told the players at Tottenham that in the last few years of my career I wanted to go to a different country. When China came I was happy because it’s a big challenge and I wanted to have a culture shock.”



  1. Mouse, you provided so much pleasure to me and, I’m sure, to any football fan who likes to see the game being played the right way. You were a joy to watch at The Lane. Good luck in your new endeavors in China.
    I hope, when you decide to hang up them boots of yours, you’ll be invited bavk for a testimonial match in the New Tottenham Stadium. I may be in the State’s now but, believe me, i won’t hesitate to make the cross-Atlantic trip.

  2. A pleasure to watch Mouse play football, you could watch him play all day, some players have that affect, he was certainly one of those, great balance, brilliant understanding of the game and exceptional with the ball at his feet, could go past anyone like they weren’t there. Martin Jol stated once he was the best dribbler of the ball he’d seen. Have fantastic fun Mouse, and earn loads, you deserve it. All the best. COYS!

  3. It was always a positive thing to see you on the team sheet or at least the bench. Your a top player and did us proud!

  4. Fantastic influence in middfield and going forward , will be missed ! Good luck and enjoy the dollar ! You deserve it COYS


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