Mourinho believes Alli will stay and battle for his place
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.”