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PSG reach reported agreement with Spurs to take Alli on loan but Mourinho expects him to stay
Dele Alli has experienced a torrid time with Jose Mourinho this season after barely featuring and falling out of favour completely with the Portuguese coach. Alli joined Tottenham Hotspur from MK Dons and flourished in the side under Mauricio Pochettino.
During Mourinho’s first season at the club Alli still featured for the Portuguese manager but the new campaign has sparked a change in selection and the likes of Tanguy Ndombele and Giovanni Lo Celso have been favoured to the England international.
However the news broke on Wednesday of a possible loan deal being agreed with PSG.
#PSG and Spurs have reached an agreement to sign Dele Alli.
Deal hinges on Tottenham being able to find a replacement before the close of the transfer window.
(Le Parisien) pic.twitter.com/UsnnkdNSXD
— Robin Bairner (@RBairner) January 27, 2021
Any deal agreed with the French champions would see Alli reunite with his former coach Pochettino who has taken over at the French capital club.
Although, despite the news that the two clubs have seemingly reached an agreement, Jose Mourinho spoke in his press conference today and disregarded the idea of Alli leaving.
The former Chelsea and Manchester United coach said that he expected very little movement from the club in the final days of the winter window.
“I expect [Alli to still be here],” Mourinho said. “I’m saying that since the beginning of the transfer window. I was not expecting anyone to leave, I was not expecting anyone to come.”
“Until now, January 27, we’re almost in the end. I don’t believe anything is going to happen but it’s open still. Football is football, the transfer window is open. Sometimes unexpected things can happen but I don’t expect it.”
“Honestly, I don’t think so. As I was saying before, the transfer window is open, anything can happen to the last second but I’m convinced nothing is going to happen. If anything happens it would be a huge surprise to me.”
The likelihood is that Alli would prefer to move on with such little game time given to him this season and with the openness that anything can happen in football, as stated by his own coach, he will be hoping that this is certainly the case in the last few remaining hours of the window.