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Dele Alli seems to be coming to the end of his time with Spurs, as Jose Mourinho has appeared to put the nail in the coffin for the midfielder’s hopes of getting back into the first-team. The latest comments from the Spurs manager are a scathing criticism of the midfielder, who has lost his way in the last few years.
There are growing rumours that French outfit PSG, who are managed by former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, are interested in making a move for the midfielder. Pochettino was one of the managers who got the best out of Alli. The midfielder may move to the Parc des Princes on a loan deal initially before making the switch permanent in the summer.
Alli appeared to be the next big thing in English football after the 2016-17 campaign. He had scored 18 goals in 37 games even when playing as a midfielder. Since then, however, the goals have gradually gone out of the window and Alli has largely been a bit part player for Spurs. The decline has been profound since Mourinho was appointed as the replacement for Mauricio Pochettino.
Mourinho has tried to invigorate things with some positive comments about Alli a few months ago. Apart from a few decent performances, Alli has not offered much to Spurs this season. The 25-year-old finds himself with just four Premier League appearances – not even amounting to 90 minutes in total – to his name this season.
Alli has increased the rumours surrounding his future with his social media posts in recent weeks. Ahead of Spurs’ match against Sheffield United this week, Mourinho said that Alli is no longer fighting for his place. According to the Mirror, Mourinho, in response to questions regarding Alli’s future, said: “In every dressing room are unhappy players. Then you can have [an] unhappy professional and the unhappy professional is the one that is unhappy but feels that his duty is to work, work, work and work.
“And there is the unhappy player that believes that it’s not his job to fight and to work every minute for the squad and for the club.”