Mousa Dembélé Biography
Mousa Dembélé (Moussa Sidi Yaya Dembélé) is a Belgian professional footballer born on 16th July 1987 in Antwerp, Belgium. He plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the Belgium national team. He has excellent dribbling skills and ability to maintain possession which has made him dubbed as one of the best box to box midfielders in Europe.
Mousa Dembélé began his career as a youth playing for K. Bercem Sport. He began his professional career for Germinal Beerschot, a team in the Belgian Pro League. On 24th April 2004 he made his debut for the team against Charleroi. In 2005, he signed for the youth section of Willem II, despite apparent interest from Eredivisie giants AFC Ajax.
Mousa Dembélé Age
- He was born on 16th July 1987 ( 31 years as of 2018)
Mousa Dembélé Parents
Mousa Dembélé parents are Yaya, father, who is Malian and his mother, Tilly Huygens, who is Belgian of Flemish ethnicity.
Mousa Dembélé Net worth and Salary
Mousa Dembélé has an estimated net worth of $8 million from club deals/contracts, sponsorship & endorsement deals and a weekly salary of £20,000-a-week.
Mousa Dembélé Girlfriend
Dembélé has been in a relationship with girlfriend Naomi Solange Singles since 2011 and has since welcomed two beautiful children into their lives, son Maleec born in September 2014, and their daughter Fellah born in June 2017.
The midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur converted to Islam several years ago.
Mousa Dembélé Willem II
Mousa Dembélé spent the 2005–06 season in the Eredivisie with Willem II. The team had a very poor season that year, but Dembélé nonetheless scored nine times. After the season, he attracted further interest from the bigger Eredivisie teams and was subsequently transferred to AZ in the summer of 2006.
Mousa Dembélé AZ
During the 2006-07 Mousa Dembélé was one of the most important players of Louis van Gaal’s team. They were poised to win the championship but on the last day lost the title to PSV and only finished third after losing 3–2 to Excelsior. AZ also lost the final of the KNVB Beker against AFC Ajax. Dembélé scored after two minutes played, but AZ lost 8–7 after a penalty shootout, with Dembélé scoring AZ’s fifth penalty attempt. AZ further lost the play-off final for qualification to the Champions League, again to Ajax. Dembélé scored six times that season.
During the 2007-08 season Mousa Dembélé scored four times with AZ finishing 12th. During the 2008-09 season AZ began the season with two defeats but then AZ started to win more games and eventually won the championship. Dembélé was out injured from October until December with a knee injury, but on his return, he was hailed as being one of the players of the season in the Eredivisie.
Mousa Dembélé Fulham
On 18th August 2010 Mousa Dembélé signed a three year deal for a fee of £5 million. On 22nd August 2010 he made his debut for the club as a substitute against Manchester United.
On 25th August 2010 he scored his first goal for the club against Port Vale in the League Cup. The same week, Dembélé made his first league start against Blackpool in which he provided two assists.
Mousa Dembélé scored two league goals against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 11 September in a 2–1 win, his first league goals for Fulham. He then scored a great solo goal against Tottenham Hotspur, running from the halfway line before powerfully placing his shot beyond goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. This was voted the Fulham “Goal of the Season” by the Fulham fans.
Under manager Martin Jol, Dembélé played in a more creative position in central midfield, either next to club captain Danny Murphy or new signing Mahamadou Diarra. After some very good performances, Martin Jol confirmed the club had opened contract talks with Dembélé in order to fend off interest from other clubs.
Mousa Dembélé scored two goals in 2011–12 in his new more central role, the first coming as an 86th-minute goal against Wigan Athletic to seal Fulham’s 0–2 win at the DW Stadium in late October. His second came right at the business end of the season against Sunderland; his goal was the winner to make the result 2–1, scoring only 30 seconds after Phil Bardsley had equalized to make it 1–1 at Craven Cottage.
Mousa Dembélé Tottenham Hotspur
On 29th August 2012 he transfered to Tottenham Hotspur after Spurs triggered a £15 million release clause in his Fulham contract. On 1st September he made his debut against Norwich City in a 1–1 home draw.
On 21 February 2013, he scored a 90th-minute goal to help Spurs put Olympique Lyonnais out of the UEFA Europa League and qualify for the last 16 of the competition.
On 6 May 2016, Mousa Dembélé, despite not having been booked by the referee, was banned for six games by the Football Association for an eye gouge on Chelsea’s Diego Costa. The FA stated that “the standard punishment of three matches which would otherwise apply to this offence was clearly insufficient.”
Mousa Dembélé Injury
Mousa Dembélé however suffered from a recurring injury to his foot that caused him to miss a number of games in the 2016–17 season. He underwent surgery on his ankle in May 2017 but thought that he would never be 100% fit again. In the 2017–18 season, he again injured his ankle in the EFL Cup tie against Barnsley in September.
Mousa Dembélé International Career
On 20th May 2006 he made his first international appearance against Slovakia coming on as a substitute for Luigi Pieroni.
In October 2006 he scored his first international goal against Azerbaijan. Dembélé participated in the 2008 Summer Olympics, where he put on a remarkable show, being instrumental in Belgium’s 3–2 win to Italy in the quarter-finals, scoring two goals, including the defining goal of the match. Belgium then progressed, losing to Nigeria in the semi-finals and Brazil in the third place play-offs. Dembélé played in all six of Belgium’s games at the Olympics.
On 13 May 2014, Mousa Dembélé was named in Belgium’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He played 65 minutes in midfield before being substituted with Marouane Fellaini in the team’s first game of the tournament, a 2–1 win against Algeria in Belo Horizonte.
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‘Maybe this is my last season’ – Mousa Dembele plunges his Tottenham future into doubt
Updated: March 30, 2018
The Belgian midfielder, one of the club’s prized assets, is approaching the final 12 months of his contract.
Mauricio Pochettino is desperate to keep a player he has labelled a ‘genius’ and Dembele says he is enjoying life at the London club.
But the 30-year-old has revealed there won’t be any talks over a new deal until after the World Cup and has refused to rule out a move in the summer.
Dembele has emerged as one of Pochettino’s key performers in recent seasons and he has attracted the interest of several of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Juventus.
He told Belgian paper La Derniere Heure: “We have not really talked about an extension of my contract.
“At the beginning of the season, I said ‘I had physical problems, I want to see at the end of the season how I feel’. That’s what the club and I decided by mutual agreement.
“If we talk about a new contract in the middle of the season, it will cost energy. Imagine that a player feels not appreciated after a disappointing proposal, it can disrupt his game.
“At this moment, I am very happy at Tottenham. I do not lie when I say that I do not think about a big transfer. I want to play a World Cup and afterwards we will see.
“Really, I’m not aware of the interest of other clubs. And, besides, I told my agent to wait for the summer to tell me about any offers. For now, I’m only focussing on Tottenham. Maybe this is my last season. Or maybe I’ll sign a new deal. We’ll see.”