Dele Alli has revealed that Mauricio Pochettino was a key factor in his decision to sign a new contract at Tottenham Hotspur.
The midfielder yesterday put pen to paper on a new six-year contract, which is said to substantially improve the earnings of his previous deal that was due to run until 2021.
The former MK Dons player has become a full England international at Tottenham and highlighted the significance of being able to continue to improve as a player at Spurs.
He played 63 minutes of last night’s 3-1 Carabao Cup win against West Ham United after recently returning from nearly a month out with a hamstring injury.
At 22, Dele has signalled his desire to win trophies at Tottenham and revealed that the squad is united, despite the current issues and negativity surrounding the delay of the opening of the new 62,062 seater stadium.
Dele joins Harry Kane, Davinson Sanchez, Son Heung-Min, Harry Winks and Erik Lamela, who have all signed new contracts since the end of last season.
He told ESPN: “He is a massive part of wanting to be at this club,”
“The fans are amazing, the chairman, everyone — the whole club’s amazing. But as players you work with the gaffer, you want to have a good relationship with the manager, and we all feel like we’ve got that here.
“We all love the way we work, the style of play. We all want to be a part of it. He’s done a lot for me so far and hopefully he can keep helping me to improve.
“I’m delighted. It’s a great gesture from the club, with a few years still left on my contract, to renew it. I want to keep working as hard as I always have done and keep improving.”
“We want trophies, not only for us but for the fans as well, and it will be that bit more special winning it here together with the amount of work we’ve done,” he added.
“People can have their opinions with what’s happening with the stadium and stuff, but as players, as a club, we all need to stick together.
“When we move into the stadium, after a few games or maybe after a lot of games, this will all be forgotten with the switch-over. Hopefully the fans will love it. We’re all looking forward to it, we’re all excited.
“This is our best [Premier League] start in history, even though it might not feel like that because we haven’t hit the form we know we can. I think that says a lot about us, that we’ve had the start we’ve had and still know we can play a lot better.”
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