After six years of plying his trade at White Hart Lane, Wembley Stadium and – weirdly – the Stadium MK, Mousa Dembele is reportedly set to leave Tottenham Hotspur when his contract expires at the end of the season.
The dynamic midfielder has opted to not hold talks with the Lilywhites over a new contract, and is therefore set to leave the club as a free agent in June 2019.
Dembele has also – once again – been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, with Beijing Sinobo Guoanare being cited as the frontrunners in the race for the 31-year-old’s signature.
As expected, a number of Spurs fans took to Twitter to voice their melancholy over Dembele’s reported decision to leave the Lilywhites at the end of the 2018/19 season:
Will be our biggest loss since Bale
— Mitch3ll (@mitchellloader) October 7, 2018
What’s the point of getting rid of him especially for free? May not manage 90 mins but he’s our best DM & would still provide squad depth + be an option from the bench. Bin off Dier instead. Dembele would be a useful backup
— pad (@ManLikeAlli) October 7, 2018
Sad to see him go. Hopfully levy will be looking NOW for a replacement. Instead it will be left until the last minute and no one will come in
— Tony Smith (@tsmith1873) October 7, 2018
Always a class player, glad we are even getting this season out of him.
— DAVE (@Savo34) October 7, 2018
Some Tottenham fans, however, are seemingly happy to hear that the Belgian international is set to leave the club; citing the fact that his best years are behind him:
His best years are behind him and sadly injuries have caught up with him. At least it frees a space up. If we could replace i’d let him go in January
— Paul O Keefe (@pokeefe1) October 7, 2018
I am not on the Dembele bandwagon, he never did a fully productive or efficient job for us for what he was bought for. Ends up playing as a CDM…Someone like Grealish would be way better, someone who is not afraid to be DIRECT with the ball and attack the goal.
— Tom (@THFC_CX) October 8, 2018
Walker was a bigger loss, this will make us sign a CM, only a good thing
— Cyrus (@Cyrus_Sans) October 7, 2018