Jose Mourinho addresses rumours that Dele Alli may be sold by Tottenham


Tottenham Hotspur put on a second-half display in the Southampton sun this afternoon, with Harry Kane and Heung-min Son dragging the club to a 5-2 victory.

However, one man who was left out of the squad altogether was Dele Alli, who also missed out on any involvement in the mid-week clash in Bulgaria.

Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso played the attacking midfield role in the first and second halves respectively today, with both giving a good account of themselves.

During the match, Fabrizio Romano revealed that Dele Alli has been offered around to clubs this summer, including a potential loan move to Real Madrid who were not interested.

However, Telegraph reporter Jason Burt also added that PSG are now in talks with Dele’s agents and are considering him.

Directly addressing such rumours in his post-match press conference, Jose Mourinho claimed that he wanted a balanced squad in North London, while claiming that Dele could be a part of that.

The Spurs head coach also tipped Alli to be involved on Tuesday in the League Cup, adding that he is not in charge of transfers.

He said (Football London): “I’m not responsible for the market. I’m not able to answer your question on that. I can only say I left eight players behind training. They are a big group and Dele was among this group. The same way a squad is a puzzle and in the same way so is the bench. I cannot have three wingers and a number 10 and then no defender. Dele stayed out but probably Tuesday he will play.”

Asked whether he wanted to keep Alli, Jose said: “I want a balanced squad. (Can he be in a balanced squad?) Yes. (Does he have to be sacrificed for it?) He doesn’t have to be sacrificed. I just want a balanced squad.”

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  1. It makes my heart sink to believe that Tottenham are looking to offload a unique and magical talent like Dele. I honestly don’t understand the logic? Spurs were pretty poor in the first half against Southampton, the football looked tired and predictable, with constant long balls and poor possession. Going in at half time level at 1-1 many would argue that Spurs were a little fortunate that this was the scoreline. What changed in the second half was the long balls got through against Southampton’s own disasterous defending and Son made clinical runs into the box to take advantage as Kane supplied from a deeper position. I think a better equipped side would have kept the opportunities down with better overall defending and we may well have been looking at a different result. With or without Dele Tottenham’s football is still in need of a dramatic boost that is somehow lacking overall. I personally think Dele is being unacceptably singled out and made into Mourinho’s sacrificial lamb. He did the same at UTD with Shaw and completely undermined the player’s confidence and ability when there.


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