Apart from Tottenham’s good run of form, the north London club are widely talked about in the transfer zone yet no one within the club seems contented as it’s circulating around outgoing of a key member.
But Mirror has reported that Spanish giants Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Dele Alli. Zinedine Zidane’s team are unable to place a bid for any personnel in the winter transfer window as they are shackled with a ban over breaching FIFA transfer rules yet are looking to make a mark in summer by signing the 20-year-old midfielder.
But recently, Sky Sports has reported that Tottenham are determined to hold onto Dele Alli and will not sell the midfielder at any price, despite the interest from the Spanish giants.
Alli has painted a career that many young players dream of. He arrived at White Hart Lane from MK Dons in 2015 and since then he never looked back. In his breakthrough campaign last season, he took the league by storm with 10 goals and 9 assists. A level of composure that downright defies his tender ages.
The England international has picked up what he left off last campaign and has already racked up 8 goals and a single assist. Most recently, he bagged a brace when Spurs walloped Watford 4-1 at Vicarage Road. With such performances, his stock only continues to go up and it’s no surprise that a club like Real Madrid have immediately shown interest. With the Spanish club already spending piles of money of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric in the past, dropping another wad on the inspiring youngster to lure him to Santiago Bernabeu is never unlikely.
Alli, on the other hand, put pen to paper in September which will keep him in north London until 2022. Spurs do have a compendium of young talents in their ranks yet the PFA Young Player of the Year possess a healthy blend of dynamism, intelligence and creativity that any manager would seek in his attacking midfielder. Likewise, Pochettino sang praises about the midfielder, claiming that Alli can dominate England’s top flight for the next 10 years. As quoted by the Sun, he said-
“In one year and a half we’ve talked a lot, and we can see how he is, as a person, and that’s important, and how he’s growing up, not only in football.
“For different reasons that crossed different problems, he’s improved a lot in his behaviour, in his game, in football.
“Now it’s a big challenge for all the opponents to stop Dele Alli.
“He’s said he wants success here, he’s very happy here, and there’s no doubt that he wants to win titles here.
“I am very honest in that situation, sometimes he will joke in the dressing room or on the pitch, but he’s very serious.
“Always I hear him say many times ‘I want to succeed here, I want to win trophies here’.”
In a bigger picture, not too many players play down a move to Los Blancos, given their pulling power with wages and a steady stream of success. Packing bags to a European giant might appear as a perfect ladder but at this stage of his career, it’s wise to consider playing minutes. Moreover, not many English players have hit a purple patch with Real Madrid in the past.
Not forgetting, when Bale and Modric departed, the north Londoners huffed and puffed to source replacements, and it’s pretty clear why Spurs are eager to hold on to their prized possession.