Mousa Dembele flies to China to complete £11m move

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Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has flown to China to complete his £11m move to Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan.

The 31-year-old Belgium international, who joined from Fulham in 2012, is out of contract in the summer.

He has made 249 appearances for Spurs, but featured just 13 times this season.

A large pay rise and playing in a less physical league are believed to be behind his decision, while Tottenham are trying to trim the squad.

Dembele is out of contract in the summer and Spurs look set to cash in this month, with a switch to Beijing Guoan close to being sorted and has recently recovered from an ankle injury which has kept him out since November, flew to Hong Kong on Monday.

The Belgium international joined Spurs in 2012 from Fulham and has been a key player in their rise to the top of the English game, making over 200 appearances in all competitions.

However, he has been beset by injury problems in recent years and has struggled with the physicality of the English game.

He is set to earn a lucrative contract in China while Spurs will recoup a fee, instead of losing him for nothing in the summer.

They will not block his move even though they are down to the bare bones in midfield, with Moussa Sissoko picking up a groin injury against Manchester United on Sunday.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino is unlikely to bring in any reinforcements this month as Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama are close to returning to full fitness.

Meanwhile, it is understood Tottenham medical staff will wait for the swelling around Harry Kane’s ankle to go down before they get an accurate assessment on the extent of the injury he suffered against Manchester United on Sunday.

Kane was caught in a challenge with Phil Jones and Diogo Dalot in the last minute of the 1-0 defeat.

Pochettino called it ‘a bad tackle’, although he admitted it was unintentional.


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