Brede Hangeland salutes Tottenham's Mousa Dembele

Mousa Dembele of Tottenham in action during the pre-season match between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus at Wembley Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, England.

Ex-Fulham man Brede Hangeland rated Tottenham Hotspur’s Mousa Dembele above all.

Brede Hangeland of Crystal Palace poses for photographs for a young Crystal Palace supporter prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Crystal Palace at the...

Former Fulham defender Brede Hangeland has told London publication Get West London that current Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele was the best player he ever played with.

The retired Norway international was invited back to Craven Cottage for Fulham’s 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest at the weekend and was asked to name his best Fulham XI during his time at the club.

The Cottagers reached the Europa League final during Hangeland’s six-year stint at the club, so his XI was largely based on that team in 2010, with the likes of Mark Schwarzer, Clint Dempsey, Damien Duff and Danny Murphy.

Scot Bennett of Newport County is challenged by Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Newport County and Tottenham Hotspur at Rodney...

But one player who was not at the club during that 2-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid in Hamburg was Spurs ace Mousa Dembele, with the Belgian international joining the club a few months later.

Still, he made quite an impression in West London under then-boss Martin Jol, and Hangeland cites him as the best player he ever played with as he makes his best XI alongside Murphy in midfield.

"I'll go with Danny Murphy and one of the few players who will get a spot and wasn't in the European team is Mousa Dembele, because he's just the best player I've played with and was fantastic,” Hangeland told Get West London.

Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur battles with Oriol Romeu and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's...

Dembele, 30, made 62 Premier League appearances for Fulham before moving to Tottenham in the summer of 2012.

The Belgium international has since established himself as a key player in North London, representing Spurs more than 200 times in all competitions, including 17 appearances so far this term despite a spell out with injury.

Dembele has surprisingly yet to win a trophy in English football, but under boss Mauricio Pochettino there is a feeling that Spurs are edging closer to silverware with the FA Cup an obvious candidate.

A big, powerful and technically gifted midfielder, Hangeland’s former teammate has also represented Belgium 70 times and will no doubt play a part in their World Cup campaign this summer.

Cody McDonald of AFC Wimbledon and Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur compete for the ball during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Wimbledon at...

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