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Mourinho speak on Alli’s major distraction.


Alli returned to the Spurs first team squad for their FA Cup thriller against Everton, playing the final 13 minutes of normal time plus extra time as Mourinho’s side lost 5-4.

Jose Mourinho has admitted that it is possible Dele Alli was distracted by rumours linking him with a move away from Tottenham in January.


Mourinho had made it his mission to recapture Alli’s previous form when he took the Spurs hot seat in November 2019, with his famous ‘are you Dele or Dele’s brother?’ quip.

However, the England international has since found himself frozen out of the Spurs first team, featuring just four times in the Premier League during the 2020/21 campaign.

He was linked with a reunion with former boss Mauricio Pochettino at PSG in January, but Spurs blocked the move – a decision that, as revealed by NoRM‘s known Media, left Alli furious.


“There’s nothing to speak about anymore,” Mourinho told the Evening Standard. “It’s possible that he was distracted, yeah.

Mourinho has admitted transfer talk may have distracted Alli | Visionhaus/Getty Images

“It depends on the player’s mentality, how much the player is influenced by and follows the media and social media. I don’t know in his personal case. But I was expecting that this story is over. Now it’s about him working to be back in the team, to have minutes.”

Alli returned to the Spurs first team squad for their FA Cup thriller against Everton, playing the final 13 minutes of normal time plus extra time as Mourinho’s side lost 5-4.

He last started in the Premier League on the opening day of the season against Everton, and Mourinho has called on Alli to make his case for his inclusion in the Spurs starting XI on the pitch.


“When you are on the pitch, you have to show how good you are and how much you deserve to play,” the Tottenham boss added. “It’s very simple. So in this moment, everything is normal with him. He’s fit, he’s training.”

Alli will be attempting to force his way into the Spurs squad ahead of Saturday’s trip to highflying Manchester City – a side they beat 2-0 back in the heady days of November.



Mourinho mutes on whether or not Dele Alli will remain in Tottenham.


A reunion with Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain has been mooted, but Mourinho remained tight lipped when probed about his future ahead of Spurs’ Premier League clash with Sheffield United.

Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho would not comment on the future of Dele Alli in his latest press conference, amid continued speculation that a loan move away from north London is on the cards.

The 37-cap England international has been a peripheral figure at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium throughout the 2020/21 season, despite initially recapturing his best form after Mourinho succeeded Mauricio Pochettino as boss in November 2019.

Dele has played just 12 games in all competitions, but crucially has appeared just four times in the Premier League.

Instead, he has seen the majority of his action in second string Tottenham sides used in the Europa League, and played just 65 minutes of the FA Cup third round tie against eighth tier Marine before he was sacrificed for Gareth Bale.


“It’s not a question that I’m comfortable to answer you,” Mourinho said. “Of course, I will know how to answer you. But I’m not ready to answer, I’m not ready to make public my my vision of the situation. I’m sorry about that, but I’m not going to answer.

When asked whether Spurs would like to replace any player who leaves, Mourinho remained defiant – suggesting the remark put to him was merely another way to get an answer about where Dele’s future may lie.


“You are asking that question in a general way. But you are, of course, speaking about Dele so the question that you are asking me is if I would let that go without getting a player in exchange? And I’m not going to answer that question to you.

Tottenham Hotspur Manager, Jose Mourinho and Dele Alli

Mourinho then fielded questions around Dele’s general happiness, after a picture posted on the player’s Instagram page after the midweek draw against Fulham suggested the 24-year-old was rather fed up with life.

The Portuguese boss simply said that every dressing room has players who aren’t pleased with their situation, but some choose to react and behave differently to others.


“I think in every dressing room are unhappy players. For sure, if any one of my tribe tells you that in his dressing room are only happy players, I don’t think is true. Or somebody is so so lucky to have a miracle in his hands, because I believe that in every dressing room, there 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 that believes that is not his job, to fight and to work every minute for the squad and for the club. But unhappy players you have everywhere in every club. I promise you that.”

Mourinho concluded with a word on Bale, who has failed to hit the ground running during his loan spell back at the club after a succession of injuries. Again though, he remained coy on specifics, and instead praised the Welshman’s character by speaking fondly of him as a person.

“Gareth Bale is a player I always loved. In fact, he went to Real Madrid one season later because I spoke with with the president when when I was there.


He is a guy that I like very much as a person, is a really really nice guy and a dressing room. The reasons why he didn’t reach in this period the level that Tottenham supporters remember him is a complex, complex answer.

“I believe that if Gareth was here on my side we could we do try to speak a little bit about it, but just by myself I’m not comfortable.



Alli injured in knife-point robbery.

Tottenham star Dele Alli was held at knifepoint during a robbery at his London home in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The property in north London has been housing the England international and his brother along with their partners and another friend throughout isolation.

According to a report, the house was broken into just after midnight on Wednesday by two thieves wielding knives.

Alli sustained ‘minor facial injuries’ after a scuffle broke out, having been punched several times in the face.

The story states that the culprits made off with watches and various other items of jewellery before making their escape.


Given that the house in Barnet has CCTV footage, that has now been passed on to the police, although no arrests have been made as yet.

The local authorities have confirmed that their investigation is ongoing.



Tottenham Hotspur lose to Minor, out of FA cup.

Tottenham Hotspur crashed out of the FA Cup at the hands of the Premier League’s bottom side Norwich City, after Tim Kurl produced yet another heroic display between the sticks in a penalty shoot-out.

The defeat means that Spurs’ 12-year wait for a trophy, last lifting the League Cup in 2008, will continue for yet another season.

With Harry Kane and Son Heung-min absent, the onus fell on Dele Alli to provide the goods against the Canaries. Yet, since both strikers have been sidelined the England international’s performances have been woeful and this was once again the case against Norwich.

In his past five matches across the Premier League and Champions League Dele Alli has received an average match rating of 6.38, not once scoring higher than seven, and against Norwich City that was no different, ending the game with, 6.13, as per WhoScored.

The most disappointing aspect of his performance to Jose Mourinho will likely have been Alli being dispossessed on five occasions, along with making five unsuccessful touches, as per WhoScored.

No other player on the pitch conceded the ball to the opposition as many times without playing a pass. As Spurs’ lead creator, it is Alli’s responsibility to ensure his side retain possession and he failed with regard to that duty against Norwich.

Further disappointment came via the fact the 26-year-old Englishman who started the match for Tottenham and did not make a single contribution defensively, failing to provide a tackle, interception, clearance or blocked shot, as per WhoScored.

Alli consistently let his teammates suffer the responsibility of defending, failing to press the opposition, while also committed two fouls, in a weak display.

Dele Alli

In possession Alli, valued at £81m (Transfermarkt), was not at his usual levels either, with no outfield player having a lower pass accuracy than his 74.2 per cent from 31 passes, as per WhoScored. Even Gedson Fernandes was able to complete more passes, 38, than the Englishman, despite being introduced as a substitute after 53 minutes.

Alli appears to have suffered from the loss of both Kane and Son; he is crumbling under the weight of responsibility and continually underperforming of late. Having missed out on the last England squad, and with the European Championships this summer, the timing could not be worse and Jose Mourinho is likely to be prioritising the revitalisation of Tottenham’s tricky playmaker.