Mousa Dembele has refused to shut the door on continuing his career with Tottenham after the World Cup, but insisted that if he was to depart over the summer, it would not be for another English team.
The 30-year-old finds himself out of contract with Spurs in 2019 and having resisted any attempts to extend his stay in north London, the Premier League outfit are expected to cash in on their midfielder this summer.
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“I won’t say that I’m leaving Spurs right now. Or that I’m staying. If I leave, I won’t join another English club. Tottenham is my team.”
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Dembele has been subject to serious interest from the Chinese Super League and Italian giants Inter, and Tottenham are said to be eager to recoup as much money as possible for the Belgium international before they face the prospect of losing him on a free transfer.
The midfielder spoke during a press conference
"I only want to cut the knot after the tournament. I have to listen to my body: it is possible that after the World Cup I feel that I can play two more tournaments. I do not know that yet.
"However, I can say that I do not see myself playing football with the national team for six years, I am already from my eighteenth international. So I think about it."
Dembele also admitted to questioning his international teammates Laurent Ciman and Axel Witsel about their respective experiences playing in the United States and China, as he considers whether to take an adventure abroad in the final years of his career.