Dimitar Berbatov wants Tottenham to keep Mousa Dembele

Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on...

Berbatov urges Spurs to keep Mousa Dembele this summer.

Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United argues with Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur during The Emirates FA Cup Semi Final between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium...

Former Tottenham Hotspur star Dimitar Berbatov has told Betfair that Spurs must look to keep midfielder Mousa Dembele at the club this summer despite ongoing rumours surrounding his future.

Dembele, 31, has been linked with Inter Milan and a move to the Chinese Super League, with less than 12 months remaining on his contract with the north London outfit.

Spurs have been linked with a whole host of central midfielders as the Belgium international's replacement, but the former Fulham star remains at Tottenham despite doubts over his future.

Berbatov believes keeping Dembele is key because he is the link between attack and defence, despite the club boasting the likes of Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks in the middle of the park.

"In Tottenham's case it's not who they're signing it's who they need to hold on to," Berbatov said. "For me they obviously need to keep Harry Kane, Alli and Christian Eriksen; they are the triangle of players that cause the most danger and trouble for opposing teams.

"Overall Spurs are strong in every position, but to make it work they also need to keep Mousa Dembele as he is the link between defence and attack."

Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino (C) speaking with former NBA star and Tottenham fan Steve Nashn during a training session at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles,...

Dembele turned out 39 times in all competitions this season, before helping Belgium finish above England with a third-place play-off win in Russia. It remains to be seen if he will renew his £80k-a-week contract (Daily Star).

Berbatov turned out 102 times for Spurs during his two-year spell between 2006 and 2008, scoring 46 goals and creating 24, before moving to Manchester United.

Tottenham's Bulgarian footballer Dimitar Berbatov (L) chats with assistant Clive Allen before kick off and starts as substitute during the pre season friendly football match between...

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