Tottenham: Mourinho explains why players left bench
Paris Saint-Germain are ready to launch another bid for out of favour Tottenham star Dele Alli. The French champions were heavily linked with Alli in the summer window and failed with two separate loan offers.
At the time, Spurs refused to sanction an exit for the 24-year-old, who this week was named in a list of the top 55 players in Europe.
However, three months into the season, it has become clear that Alli does not feature in Jose Mourinho’s plans.
The England international has started just one Premier League game this season, when he was withdrawn at half-time of the opening game of the campaign.
Alli has played just 21 minutes in the league since then and was an unused sub in their most recent Europa League win.
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Mail Sport report that Spurs are now happy to strike a deal when the window reopens next month and PSG believe they will finally land their man.
The report suggests Alli is happy to leave England in order to find regular football ahead of next summer’s European Championship.
Gareth Southgate has shown loyalty to the Spurs star in the past and he did play a key role in England’s run to the World Cup semi final in 2018.
Mourinho made nine changes before the 2-0 win over Royal Antwerp, as well as making five subs during it – but still Alli was not called upon.
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Along with Harry Winks, Alli was seen leaving his seat and going down the tunnel before the referee had blown his full-time whistle.
It was later confirmed that Mourinho had given his players permission to take a warm shower, but did suggest that those on the peripheries – including Alli – are not happy with their current predicament.
“Let’s not run away from the reality,” the Spurs boss said, following the win over Antwerp.
“A player that is on the bench and realises that with five changes that he is not one of the players, of course he is not happy player. I don’t expect him to be happy.
“I do not keep everyone happy. How can I? I believe all of them are happy because we are winning but I do not think everybody is happy at all, but that is the nature of football and I cannot make miracles.
“I am happy but it is an impossible job for every manager to keep every player happy. You go to every club even the ones with less potential than us people who do not play are not happy.
“But every player that is on the bench or leaves the pitch in cold weather, they can go to the dressing room and I even prefer that that happens.”
Tottenham’s win over Antwerp ensured they topped Group J, meaning they will avoid a Champions League team in the draw for the last-32.
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