“I’m not going to answer” – Mourinho is quizzed over player’s future at Tottenham


Jose Mourinho was reluctant to go into detail on the future of Dele Alli at Tottenham Hotspur at yesterday’s press conference.

Mauricio Pochettino is reported to be keen to take the midfielder to Paris Saint-Germain on loan this month with the player also interested in linking up with his former manager in the French capital (Guardian).

The 24-year-old has struggled for regular football under Mourinho this season having made only four Premier League appearances, totalling 74 minutes and has played a further six games in the Europa League and two domestic cup fixtures (transfermarkt).

Mourinho was reluctant to reveal whether he was prepared to allow the England international leave the club on loan during the current transfer window and also refused to elaborate on whether he would sanction an exit if a replacement was lined up.

Dele was left on the bench once again during Wednesday evening’s 1-1 draw with Fulham, deciding to bring on Erik Lamela instead when his side were chasing a winner in the last fifteen minutes.

Mourinho told Football.London: “It’s not a question that I am comfortable to answer,”

“Of course I would know how to answer you, but I am not ready to answer, I am not ready to make public my vision of the situation. I am sorry about that but I’m not going to answer.”

Mourinho was then asked whether in a general sense he would be willing to let a first team player leave without signing a replacement.

“You are asking that question in a general way but you are, of course, speaking about Dele so the question that you are asking me is if would I let Dele go without getting a player in exchange and I’m not going to answer that question to you,”

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