Tottenham have entered contract negotiation with one of their stars, Dele Alli, according to ESPN. The source claims that talks about doubling his wages to £100,000-a-week have already begun, as the Lilywhites are keen on keeping hold of their star players next season when the new stadium makes a grand opening.
It was only in September last year when Alli penned his second Tottenham contract, when he agreed to stay with the club until 2022. His signature gave him an impressive pay rise to a reported £50,000-a-week.
Alli has been exceptional since his debut and has already been named as the PFA Young Player of the Year twice in a row while being only 21. His exploits, without a shadow of doubt, have invited a lot of suitors which includes Real Madrid as well. Even former Barcelona midfielder Xavi was left impressed with his performances and went on to claim that Alli is the best English player and also branded him as “a very special player.”
Furthermore, what has made Alli more vulnerable in the transfer market is the fact that the midfielder has parted company with his long-term agent Rob Segal, the agent who took him to Tottenham from MK Dons, and this has alerted the likes of super agents Jorge Mendes and Mino Raiola already.
Off the field distraction can be hurtful in many ways; not just for the player, but for the club as well. And hence, for all the right reasons, Pochettino has advised Alli to keep his focus on the game rather than scrambling around.
Even though Alli is tied until 2022, there is no denying the fact that he deserves an improved contract. Alli certainly deserves to be in the category of Tottenham’s highest-paid players. If not for Tottenham, it is safe to say that any big club – be it from the Premier League or another league – will try luring him away with a mouth-watering wage packet and there is no denying the fact that an interest from a foreign giant like Madrid is sure put a pressure on the youngster.