Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that midfielder Dele Alli will play in the club’s Carabao Cup game on Tuesday evening, despite reports suggesting that Paris Saint Germain are interested in signing him.
The England international was nowhere to be seen in Spurs’ matchday squad for the game against Southampton on Sunday and subsequently, talk of a possible move to Ligue 1 champions PSG emerged.
However, when asked whether Alli had a future in north London following the 5-2 victory over the Saints, Mourinho said: “Yes, of course,” (BBC Sport).
The Portuguese boss then went on to claim that the ex-MK Dons man will be involved in the game against Leyton Orient in the cup in midweek.
“He will play on Tuesday. He’s fresh. He has to be motivated by being out of the squad for a couple of matches. Tuesday is a knockout game and it’s a big opportunity for him to show how good he is because we know he is very good.”
This could indicate that Alli is still in Mourinho’s plans, despite the high profile arrival of Gareth Bale adding to the club’s swelling list of attacking options – they also have the likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Steven Bergwijn.
There is no doubting that if PSG were serious with their interest, he would cost a lot of money. Indeed, this is a player who has scored 62 goals and provided 55 assists in 223 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions and is currently valued at a whopping £57.6 million (Transfermarkt).
He is still only 24-years-old and his record in the Premier League is impressive, he even scored 50 top flight goals faster than some of the all-time greats including Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Eden Hazard and Paul Scholes (The Sun).
After his display against West Ham United in what was Mourinho’s first game as Spurs manager he was lauded by ex-player turned pundit Joe Cole, who labelled him as “absolutely outstanding,” (BT Sport via The Boot Room).
Whether or not Alli manages to work his way back into Mourinho’s starting 11 in the near future remains to be seen, but for now it does seem that the ex-Real Madrid manager is keen to keep him around. It is now vital that the Englishman puts in an impressive display, should he get the opportunity against Orient.
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