Mauricio Pochettino has compared the charisma and the enthusiasm that Dele Alli inspired in kids to Brazilian legend, Ronaldinho.
Alli arrived at Tottenham from MK Dons as an unknown quantity but the midfielder hit the ground running and quickly established himself as an important part of the team.
Dele took the Premier League by storm in his first two years as Pochettino’s Spurs pushed for the league title but found themselves falling just short.
However, the England international stagnated a little over the last couple of seasons and has now completely fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho.
Reports indicate that he could leave Spurs in January with Paris Saint-Germain set to return with a loan offer when the transfer window opens (Daily Mail).
Pochettino refused to comment on Alli’s current predicament but raved about the midfielder’s qualities and admitted that he really enjoyed working with him.
The 48-year-old told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football (as relayed by Football.London): “I don’t want to talk about the situation, as it’s disrespectful. It’s not anymore my responsibility, and of course, you need to respect that.
“Dele was an amazing player for us when he arrived from MK Dons. The hunger and energy he had, it was amazing how he played, he was an amazing talent.
“He’s still young, but we enjoyed it a lot together. I hope everything is going well for everyone [at Spurs], but my feelings are all the best for him and all of the players.”
“I don’t want to talk too much, but when he came to Tottenham, with this celebrations. My kid loved him like he was Ronaldinho. Kids feel the charisma, the energy, and Dele Alli had the same that kids love and follow. Of course, they’re different players.”
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