Six foot­ball agen­cies scram­ble for Dele Alli’s sig­na­ture

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Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur man­ager Mauricio Po­chet­tino has in­sisted Dele Alli must keep his fo­cus on his foot­ball as six of the sport’s big­gest agen­cies fight to sign him up.

Alli is split­ting with Rob Se­gal, the agent who took him to Tot­ten­ham from MK Dons, which has prompted a huge scram­ble for the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional.

De­spite the fact his con­tract with Se­gal runs be­yond this sea­son, Jorge Men­des and Mino Raiola have joined Stel­lar Group, Key Sports Man­age­ment, Wasserman and Base Soc­cer in ex­press­ing an in­ter­est in tak­ing Alli on as a client.

Harry Hick­ford, who Alli re­gards as a brother, is help­ing in the se­lec­tion process and could yet man­age the 21-year-old’s af­fairs him­self.

Alli’s de­ci­sion to change agents has sparked fears that Tot­ten­ham could strug­gle to hold on to him past this sea­son, while there are con­cerns that he may not re­ceive the right per­sonal care with a rep­re­sen­ta­tive who has a long list of world stars to look af­ter.

Po­chet­tino said: “His big is­sue must be to fo­cus on try­ing to im­prove and de­velop his game, to stop and try to be bet­ter every day. That is my fo­cus, too, my big­gest is­sue.”

Po­chet­tino, who had an agent as a player but not as a man­ager, added: “It’s im­por­tant to find a trusted per­son that can help you to be bet­ter every day and help in all the business.

“In the past, it was com­pletely dif­fer­ent. To­day the play­ers are prod­ucts with a lot of things hap­pen­ing around them. They need peo­ple that look af­ter them be­cause the business is so big to­day around the play­ers.”

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