Tottenham are refusing to sanction Dele Alli’s loan move to PSG amid fears the team could be left short in the wake of a Covid crisis despite being left on the sidelines by manager Jose Mourinho this season
- Tottenham are not keen on sending Dele Alli out on loan to PSG this month
- The midfielder has been an outcast in Jose Mourinho’s squad this season
- But the club are concerned they could be left short if they allow him to leave
- Covid cases in the Premier League have risen dramatically in recent weeks
Tottenham are refusing to sanction Dele Alli’s proposed loan move to Paris Saint-Germain despite clear indications he still has no future at the club under Jose Mourinho.
Alli was expected to be allowed to leave Spurs this month, with PSG primed to renew their interest in the midfielder.
But the injury to Giovani Lo Celso is now threatening the move, with Tottenham currently unwilling to let Alli leave while the Argentine is on the treatment table.
Tottenham chief Daniel Levy (R) will block Dele Alli’s loan move to PSG this month
Letting Alli leave could re-emerge as an option at the end of January – but as it stands Daniel Levy does not want to sanction the 24-year-old’s exit.
The news will come as a huge frustration to Alli, who appears to have no future whatsoever under Mourinho.
Having publicly praised Alli for his performance against Marine in the FA Cup last Saturday, Mourinho kept the midfielder on the bench for Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Fulham – a decision that merely underlined the idea that Alli must move to play regular first-team football.
He was linked with a move to join ex-boss Mauricio Pochettino (L) after taking over the reins
Thus far, Alli has remained silent on his first-team exile but is likely to be deeply upset by his current predicament.
With little hope of regularly first-team action, even in Lo Celso’s absence, and the club’s apparent hesitant to sanction his exit, Alli is facing up to another five months of frustration.
He was touted for a move to the French capital to link up with his former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who has just taken over the reins.
Alli has been limited to just five starts this season, including 239 minutes of action in all competitions. He has form has dipped in the last few seasons despite showing a brief improvement when Mourinho first took over the club.
Jose Mourinho has had a strained relationship with Alli and has criticised him this season
He has fallen way down the pecking order under Mourinho and has started just five games
The former MK Dons star scored nine times in his first season but the club’s Amazon documentary highlighted tension between the pair, with the Portuguese coach calling the player ‘lazy’ in training.
This season he has singled the player out for criticism on a number of occasions and accused him of ‘creating problems for his own team’ during their 3-1 win over Stoke in the Carabao Cup last month after giving the ball away during a counter-attack.
‘A player that plays in that position has to be a player that links and creates, not one that creates problems for his team on the counter attack,’ he said after the game.
Mourinho did offer words of praise for Alli’s ‘attitude’ after his performance against Marine
‘They caught us on the counter-attack, so yes, I was upset.’
But the former Chelsea boss had warmer words for the 24-year-old last week, hailing his ‘professionalism and attitude’ during their 5-0 win over Marine and confirming he was back in contention to feature for the squad.
‘I am really happy with his attitude in the game,’ he said after the FA Cup third round clash. ‘Of course we didn’t want to risk much, the pitch is a bit dangerous and their enthusiasm can put the creative ones in some risk.
‘But I am happy – good professionalism, good dynamic from him and Gedson (Fernandes) to start trying to create.’
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