Tottenham Hotspur stars Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele react to Napoli links

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The Belgian has been linked to the Serie A club in recent weeks.

Reports emerged last week linking Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele with a move to Napoli - a claim the Belgian says has no substance.

“Every year there is speculation and there is always someone who will mention my name,” said Dembele, in an interview with dhnet.be.

“I have not heard of Naples and my agent has told me nothing. I am here at Tottenham."

The 28-year old fell slightly under the radar after his injury against Everton at the end of August and the emergence of Eric Dier and Dele Alli had created a sense of ambivalence from Spurs fans towards the enigmatic Belgian.

His return to the starting line-up against Liverpool this weekend has put an end to that however, and reminded everyone of how much he has to offer Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

Liverpool’s high press didn’t affect his game and his calmness on the ball was matched by his excellent ability to retrieve possession when the Reds started to threaten.

His timely re-introduction has bolstered Spurs’ central midfield options and with Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb due to return shortly, a position which was cause for such concern before the season is now the strongest area of Tottenham’s squad.

Dembele’s compatriot Jan Vertonghen was also present during the interview with dhnet.be and had his say on the powerful midfielder’s potential exit:

“If Moussa goes… I go! I’m kidding, but I want to keep him in the team – he’s one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.”

Fitness has always been Dembele’s major problem, but if he can stay injury-free and maintain his form for any decent length of time – Spurs would be crazy to let him go.

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