Mousa Dembele admits how close he came to Tottenham exit

The Spurs midfielder has stated that he never doubted that he would continue at White Hart Lane, calling the Lilywhites ‘my club’.

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has stated that he never doubted that he would be at White Hart Lane this season, telling Tottenham Journal that he was always determined to fight for a starting berth.

The Belgium international spent considerable periods of time on the sidelines last term, with Mauricio Pochettino preferring to play Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb in the heart of his team.

This season Dembele has been much-improved, featuring both in central midfield and in a more advanced role behind Harry Kane.

The former Fulham man has been amongst the goals in 2015-16 as the North London side have powered their way to an 13-match unbeaten run and looks like he is ready to live up to his superstar billing.

Despite this, Dembele’s future was a point of contention in the media over the summer, with the talented playmaker linked with a move away from White Hart Lane.

However, the Belgian has stated that he was always committed to Tottenham and never had thoughts of a switch elsewhere.

“I always had a lot of confidence in myself,” Dembele told Tottenham Journal.

“Now I am happy that I’m playing and that the team is doing well.

“For me, I never doubted I would stay at the club.

“Of course people will speculate when you are not playing too much, but I’ve always felt this is my club and I just want to prove myself to the team, to the supporters and [show] everyone that I can play here and that I don’t want to run.

“I’m not the kind of player who wants to run, I just want to show myself and I feel I can do something here.”

Tottenham’s ultimate goal this season is a top-four finish and qualification for the Champions League, with Dembele seemingly having a considerable role to play in achieving the objective.

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