Mour­inho be­lieves Alli will stay and bat­tle for his place

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport / Football - By Matt Law

Jose Mour­inho has told Dele Alli it is up to him to try to res­cue his Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur ca­reer and in­sists he is “con­vinced” the mid­fielder will stay at the club in this trans­fer win­dow.

Alli has been re­stored to Mour­inho’s trav­el­ling squad for Tot­ten­ham’s trip to Mace­do­nia to face Shk­endija in the Europa League tonight, hav­ing been left out of the pre­vi­ous two squads.

Paris St-Ger­main have held talks over a loan move for Alli, but Spurs chair­man Daniel Levy is pre­pared to play hard­ball over the fu­ture of the 24-year-old, who Mour­inho be­lieves will stay and fight for his place.

Asked if Alli would be at Spurs by the end of the trans­fer win­dow, Mour­inho told Sky Sports: “I be­lieve [he will]. I can even say that I’m con­vinced that he will be.”

Alli was con­fused and up­set by his omis­sion from Mour­inho’s past two squads, but the Por­tuguese has in­sisted it is now up to the player to re­spond in the right way.

“There is a ten­dency now when a player per­forms or the player doesn’t per­form, to give re­spon­si­bil­i­ties on coaches,” Mour­inho said. “I feel 99 per cent of the re­spon­si­bil­ity is the player. Me and my staff have one per cent of the re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Mour­inho re­fused to talk about his ex­changes with Alli, dur­ing the re­cent Ama­zon All or Nothing doc­u­men­tary. But he did add: “Since Dele ar­rived from MK Dons he had ups and downs. He had fab­u­lous pe­ri­ods and other pe­ri­ods where he dis­ap­peared from the top level.

“Play­ers have to prove on the pitch with their per­for­mances how good they are. To­mor­row he is se­lected – no de­ci­sion whether he is start­ing or on the bench. But when se­lected, he has chances to play.”

Alli had been due to start Tues­day’s Carabao Cup game against Ley­ton Ori­ent, but it was called off af­ter the League Two club suf­fered a coro­n­avirus out­break.

Mour­inho added that he would not sim­ply pick the same team he planned to start against Ori­ent in Mace­do­nia, say­ing: “The team that was sup­posed to play last night is dif­fer­ent from the team that plays to­mor­row.”

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