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Jose Mourinho refuses to answer questions on possible Dele Alli exit


Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho did not comment on Dele Alli’s future in his latest press conference, amid lingering speculation that a loan transfer away from north London is possible.

The 37-cap England international has been a peripheral figure at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium throughout the 2020/21 season, although he initially regained his best form after Mourinho took over from Mauricio Pochettino as boss in November 2019.

Dele Alli
Dele looked at the shadow of his former excellent self | Soccrates Images / Getty Images

Dele has only appeared in 12 games in all competitions, but has only appeared in the Premier League four times. Instead, he saw the majority of his action in second-place Tottenham’s teams used in the Europa League, and only played 65 minutes of the FA Cup third-round match against Marine in eighth-place before d ‘be sacrificed for Gareth Bale.

A reunion with Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain has been raised, but Mourinho has kept a low profile when asked about his future ahead of Spurs’ Premier League clash with Sheffield United.

“It’s not a question I’m comfortable answering you,” Mourinho said. “Of course, I will be able to answer you. But I am not ready to answer, I am not ready to make public my vision of the situation. I’m sorry, but I won’t answer.

When asked if Spurs wanted to replace a departing player, Mourinho remained provocative – suggesting that the remark made to him was just another way to get an answer on Dele’s future.

“You ask this question in a general way. But you’re, of course, talking about Dele, so the question you’re asking me is, would I let this go without having a player in exchange? And I’m not going to do it. do you answer this question.

Mourinho then responded to questions about Dele’s overall happiness, after a photo posted to the player’s Instagram page after the midweek draw against Fulham suggested the 24-year-old was fed up with life. The Portuguese boss simply said that every dressing room has players who are not happy with their situation, but some choose to react and behave differently from others.

“I think in every locker room there are unhappy players. Of course, if a member of my tribe tells you that in his locker room there are only happy players, I don’t think that’s true. Or someone is so lucky to have a miracle. in his hands, because I believe that in every locker room, there are unhappy players.

“So you can have an unhappy professional, and the unhappy professional is one who is unhappy, but feels his duty is to work, to work, to work and to work. And there is the unfortunate one who believes that it is not his job, to fight and work every minute for the group and for the club. But you have disgruntled players all over every club. I promise you. “

Mourinho concluded with a word about Bale, who failed to hit the ground during his loan back to the club after a succession of injuries. Again, however, he remained shy about the details and instead praised the Welshman’s character by speaking fondly of him as a person.

Gareth Bale
Bale didn’t have the impact many Tottenham fans were hoping for | Chloe Knott – Danehouse / Getty Images

“Gareth Bale is a player that I have always loved. In fact, he went to Real Madrid a season later because I spoke with the president when I was there. He’s a guy that I like a lot as a person, he’s a really a really nice guy and a dressing room The reasons why he hasn’t reached in this period the level that Tottenham fans remember from are a complex and complex answer.

“I think if Gareth was here on my side, we could try to talk about it a bit, but I’m not comfortable on my own.

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