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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele has committed his long-term future to Spurs by signing a deal until 2019, the club has confirmed. The Belgium international has expressed his delight about the deal, claiming that now "everyone" wants to be part of the bright future of the club.
The 28-year-old Belgium international moved to North London in the summer of 2012 after Spurs paid Fulham around £15m ($21.4m) to secure his services following two impressive campaigns at Craven Cottage. The versatile midfielder was then expected to fill the huge gap left by Luka Modric's departure to Real Madrid but failed to replicate his best form in his first seasons at the club.
His future at North London was under huge scrutiny in the summer of 2015 after Mauricio Pochettino only handed him 10 starting Premier League appearance in his debut season at the club.
The Argentinian manager then said: "I think we need to try to provide him [with the help] to show his real quality here. It's true last season was difficult for him, but not only was it difficult for him at Tottenham – with his national team too. It's for that reason we need to try to find the best position for him, to show the quality that he has," Pochettino
So Dembele opted to remain at Tottenham and the decision has paid off in the opening part of the season, with the Belgium international finally proving his real worth, scoring four goals in 20 appearances while making a number of man-of-the-match performances like the one in the draw against Liverpool despite missing some games due to injuries.
Tottenham have rewarded him with a new deal until 2013 in a sign he is a crucial member of Pochettino's long term plans, having done the same in recent months with the likes of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and more recently with Dele Alli.
"We are delighted to announce that Mousa Dembele has signed a new contract with the Club, which will run until 2019," the club confirmed. The midfielder added: "I am very happy. I am happy to be part of the future, I know it is going to be a bright future."
"The way we are playing, the way the clubs are developing. Everything is very good and everyone wants to be part of this team and this club. That's why I am very proud to extend my contract."