Dele’s childhood friend reveals why media’s portrayal of Spurs star is off the mark

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Luton Town defender, Brendan Galloway, who came through the ranks at MK Dons with Dele Alli, has revealed what the Spurs midfielder is like off the pitch and claimed that the media’s portrayal of him is way off.

Galloway, like Dele, impressed while coming through the academy at MK Dons and earned a move to Everton in 2014.

However, after failing to make the desired impact in Merseyside and following a couple of unsuccessful loan spells, he made the move to Luton last summer.

The transfer to Luton has resulted in the full-back living closer to his old mate Dele and he has admitted that the pair have resumed their relationship from where they left off when they were kids.

Speaking to Football.London, Galloway said: “I keep in really good contact with him now. Now that I’m based down here he doesn’t live too far, so I see him quite a bit.

“We go around to each other’s house and do really relaxing things like watching football and we play PlayStation a lot against each other. It’s competitive as well!

“We just do the same things we did when we were younger. We just have a real chill out.”

The defender insisted that the England star was portrayed wrongly by parts of the media and that he’s never changed despite his rise to fame in the last five years or so.

He added: “From when we were younger growing up and even now, he’s the same person, he just wants to have a laugh and a joke.

“He’s an honest person, a humble guy and just a guy who’s really worked hard and sacrificed a lot of stuff and things to get to where he’s got to. I think that shows who he is as a person.

“The media he is maybe portrayed as someone different but as a friend, from growing up to now, you can see that he’s the exact same guy.”

The Luton man also asserted that he always knew Dele was always destined for a career at the top.

“I first came across Dele as an eight-year-old as we played in rival teams in Sunday league,” remembered Galloway.

“I was playing against him and we were probably the two best in Milton Keynes so it was really competitive.

“We were trying to see who could score more, trying to hack at each other and from then we started to get along and have really good, friendly competition.

“He had no fear, he was really competitive, hated losing and he was just willing to put everything on the line to win, score goals and just try and be the best player.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Given the way Dele plays the game and his attitude on the pitch, it is understandable why so many people perceive him as being arrogant. However, the midfielder has really matured over the past few years and doesn’t make the same petulant mistakes he did when he first arrived at the club. I personally see him as being a future Spurs captain.

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