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Mousa Dembele has paid tribute to Fulham fans after he was given a rousing reception when he came on for Tottenham.

The Belgian spent two years at Craven Cottage after joining from AZ Alkmaar in 2010 and he scored five goals in 62 Premier League appearances.

The 29-year-old’s form caught the eye of Tottenham and he made the move across London to White Hart Lane and has helped lift Spurs from Champions League contenders to title chasers.

The midfielder returned to Craven Cottage for the first time since Fulham’s relegation in 2014 and received a warm welcome from the Whites fans, much to his delight.

“The ovation was quite something. I had a lot of good experiences here. It’s nice to be back here at Craven Cottage and it’s a good feeling,” Dembele told GetWestLondon. “I always had a good feeling at the club. I’m always very positive about Fulham. It’s a family club and when you’re with the club everyone embraces you.”

Dembele hopes that his old club can win promotion back to the top flight.

He added: “I’ve seen some games. I don’t watch much football but if I see the table I obviously look for Fulham. I hope they get back into the Premier League soon. I think they’re playing some good football and did on Sunday but we played well as well. I hope they do better now and get back up.”