Tottenham midfielder Dembele is a reported transfer target for Sunderland and West Ham.
Dembele’s future is far from certain at White Hart Lane, but he has told London24 that he has never considered leaving Spurs, despite reports linking him with an exit before the end of the transfer window.
The Belgian midfielder said: “Everybody speculated about [my future] because in the past I played quite a lot and then last year I didn’t play as much, so people are going to speculate - that’s the job of the press. But I never thought about leaving to be honest, even last year when it wasn’t perfect. I want to fight for my place and I want to be important for this club because I like to be here.”
Dembele has never truly hit the heights expected of him with the Lilywhites, following his 2012 move from London rivals Fulham.
He has scored five goals and registered eight assists in 125 games, and the 28-year-old’s career seems to have stalled due to not knowing which position is his best. Often played as a deep lying midfielder or a number 10, Dembele has started this season on the wing.
Following his poor campaign last term, when he struggled to hold down a place, it was expected that Mauricio Pochettino would look to sell the Belgian international this summer.
The Mirror claim that Sunderland have held a long term interest in Dembele, with head coach Dick Advocaat a big fan of the player, whilst the Independent has reported previously that both Chelsea and West Ham want the player.
However, he has yet to leave North London, and has in fact started both games this season for the Lilywhites.
It appears as if Dembele will be remaining at White Hart Lane come the end of the transfer window, and this could be the season when he finally has a defining role upon Tottenham’s on-pitch performances.