Tottenham's Mousa Dembele admits admiration for Luka Modric; says comparisons never bothered him

Tottenham's Mousa Dembele in action with West Brom's Craig Gardner

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has been speaking about a former White Hart Lane favourite.

Tottenham's Mousa Dembele and Chelsea's Pedro in action

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele has been speaking to Belgian newspaper DH about his early days at White Hart Lane.

The Belgian international arrived at Spurs from Fulham back in 2012 and he has gone on to make 158 appearances for the North London club, scoring nine goals and providing nine assists in the process.

Dembele divided opinion for much of his time at Tottenham, but last season saw him prove the doubters wrong with a string of superb performances as Mauricio Pochettino’s side challenged for the title right up until the final few weeks of the campaign.

Tottenham's Mousa Dembele in action with Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey

He will be hoping for success with his country at this summer’s European Championships in France, and in his interview with DH he admitted the pride he took when coming up against a former Tottenham favourite for his country recently.

Speaking about the victory against Croatia that sealed Belgium’s place at Euro 2016, Dembele said, “In that game, I was up against the man I admired before going to Tottenham: Luka Modric. When I was playing at Fulham I considered him a role model.

Croatia's Luka Modric celebrates victory at the end

“I know the media put some pressure on me because I had to apparently replace him, but we have a different style. I have never been affected by the comparisons.”

Dembele and his Belgian teammates head to the European Championships with a great chance of taking the crown, but former Spurs favourite Modric will also be eyeing the prize with Croatia, as will a whole host of other stars from across the continent.

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