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Former Spurs star admits that he ‘dreams’ to ‘come back’

By Mehdi Gokal -

Dele Alli has stated that he intends to prove himself at Besiktas before returning to England, and that he hopes to play for his country again one day.

Dele joined Spurs from MK Dons for £5 million in 2015, and went on to make 269 appearances for the Lilywhites in all competitions, scoring 67 goals and assisting 61.

The midfielder was a key member of Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham team and was at his best under the Argentine.

However, towards the end of Pochettino’s reign, Dele’s form began to wane, and he struggled to establish himself consistently under Mourinho, Nuno, and Conte.

Dele featured in the infamous Tottenham Hotspur: All or Nothing documentary, where Jose Mourinho warned him what would happen if he took his eye off the ball.

And Dele Alli recently spoke to the Spor Arena (via EuroFoot) about his meeting with Mourinho. He said:

“My meeting with Mourinho was private, but when it was broadcasted in the documentary, everyone watched it.

“It was a good meeting. It was an interview where he wanted to give me motivation and said what he wanted from me. I can say that Valerien Ismael [Bestikas manager] is similar in terms of motivation.”

And when asked about his future, he said:

“When you are a young player in the Premier League, expectations can be low and when you score goals and start playing well, you naturally stand out. After going through a few difficult years, I wanted a new adventure unless I was playing.

“Everyone wants to play for the national team, it is the dream of every player. I definitely want to go back. I want to show myself here and come back.”

Dele Alli at his peak was one of the most enjoyable midfielders in the country and was compared to the likes of Gerrard and Lampard. And so it is sad to see a player’s potential go to waste the way Dele Alli’s has.

But there is no doubt in the player’s ability and if he can somehow get back to his very best, any team would be lucky to have him in their team.

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Jay
Jay
2 months ago

I’ve seen some of the scathing replies here, and I have to say whilst his quality did decline a lot of them are over the top. Let’s put a few things into perspective. I don’t know about any of you, but when I was in my early 20’s I was making decisions that were somewhat dubious, now add that to being burgled whilst in your house, getting told that as a professional you suck at your job by your boss publicly torn down on TV, then when you think you’re given a chance to break away, your time on the pitch is limited because they cant play you into form as it would cost more thanthe vlub were prepared to pay (40 million at Everton)
And so finally, you’re given the chance in a different country, given that yes the competition is of a lesser quality, but none the less you shine, and make no mistake, I havewatched a couple of the games he’s played in full out there and he is FINALL getting his confidence back and playing like he did in his prime. Maybe he will play again for England, and maybe he wont, but to have a dream to do so is something none of you will ever have, and I say good luck to the guy and I hope he does!!

Harry Hotspur
2 months ago
Reply to  Jay

Oh no, he was burgled. What a shame. They took his Patek Phillipe aquanaut – however will he cope? The PTSD must be crippling.

Marbella Spur
Marbella Spur
2 months ago

I had hoped that joining Besiktas might have brought his inflated ego down a notch or two, but clearly not. Some people never know when to keep a low profile. I had hoped never to hear another word about him but now I have, I am looking forward to seeing a photo of him in an Istanbul nightclub, smoking a hookah pipe, and flanked by two fat Turkish belly dancers with moustaches.

HarryKaneIsInOurHearts
HarryKaneIsInOurHearts
2 months ago

All fart and no follow through by the end of his time with spurs. The subsequent stint with Everton highlighted his abject decline from world-beating swashbuckler to clueless instagram airhead. Shows the important of mind over matter, oh well he’s gone now and not coming back, never mind.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
2 months ago

I think the phrase is ‘reality hits’

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
2 months ago

Time to accept that Peak Alli lasted a bit more than a season and then he stole a living for 3 seasons..Good riddance..

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
2 months ago

I’ve more chance of laying an egg than he has of getting back in the England team.

eddie
eddie
2 months ago

It just shows how delusional he has become to think he will return to the England squad.Plying your trade in the Turkish league will hardly bring you redemption.Yes for a short period he was very good,but that is all gone now.

ForzaSpurs
ForzaSpurs
2 months ago

The heights Dele saw in a short time frame was amazing, he reached brilliant levels that other players such as Foden and Grealish have never even hit as yet.A tinely reminder for the young ones to stay grounded and choose the company you keep wisely. For Dele it all went downwards once he was given the improved contract. Too much money too soon.

Harry Hotspur
2 months ago
Reply to  ForzaSpurs

Eh?

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
2 months ago

Two season wonder.

Dexter
Dexter
2 months ago

A waster who stopped trying when he got rich and famous.Turns up to Everon in a Rolls Royce and continues to not be bothered. Had so much in front of him. Won’t ever play for his country again, and rightly so.

at large
at large
2 months ago

The last paragraph is classic.

Dave
Dave
2 months ago

Was Dele ever compared to Gerrard and Lampard? I’ve woken up in an alternate reality.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
2 months ago
Reply to  Dave

For goals he was beating them. He scored 50 in the prem quicker than Lampard and Gerrard. Only a handful of young English strikers including Owen and Smith scored 50 quicker than him.. And he was only 19 years old.. Hence why valued around 80million, given a huge rise in wages, and branded world class and compared with the greats… His numbers were there, he was aggressive and hungry..
Too much too young is too much for some.

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
2 months ago

It’s arguable he wanted a bigger challenge than Spurs and wanted to go to Real. When he wasn’t allowed to go, maybe that’s why his motivation dropped?

I dunno, but it’s just as reasonable an explanation as saying he just got lazy.

Paranoid Android
Paranoid Android
2 months ago
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

Not even close in this or any other universe to being an acceptable reason for his “motivation” dropping. More like a petulant man child who spent more time believing his hype and focusing on his Insta image than the game that gave him the opportunity to be a great. Instead, he squandered it.

Harry Hotspur
2 months ago

Sorry (not sorry) but this way of manipulating Dele’s number is truly painful.

His best season at Spurs, saw him score 18 league goals.

Any valuations dreamed up by backward children do not count. The market decides value.

His numbers won him personally, and Spurs nothing.

Those are the facts.

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