Dembele then spent seven glorious years in North London with Tottenham Hotspur. He made a total of 243 appearances for the club, and soon became a fan favourite with a number of memorable performances in the middle of the park.
In fact, many people believe the former Belgium international is one of the most underrated player in Premier League history alongside the likes of Park Ji-sung and Ricardo Carvalho.
A compilation of the midfielder in action reminds us all that he was indeed one of the best dribblers of all time. Just check out the video below. The ball just stuck to his foot.
According to Belgian publication HLN, Dembele is now back in Antwerp and wants to spend more time with his children Maleec and Fellah.
The midfielder can certainly look back on his career with pride. He is held in the highest of regards by those who witnessed his talent during his playing time.
He added: “We always told him, ‘If we had taken you at 18 or 19 years old, you would have become one of the best players in the world.’ I would have loved to have taken him on at 18.”
Pochettino isn’t the only man to express his admiration for Dembele.
Eric Dier, another former Spurs teammate, is quoted as saying Dembele was a “freak of nature”. He joked: “Physically, he’s a monster but he’s got ballerina feet.”
Sadly though, injuries took their toll and it makes you think – what could have been?