Dele Alli left OUT of Tottenham squad for trip to Southampton as his future grows uncertain at the club following the arrival of Gareth Bale
- Dele Alli has been left out of the Tottenham squad for their trip to Southampton
- The Spurs midfielder’s future is growing uncertain at the north London club
- Alli’s team-mates were left amazed that the England star had been left out
- Alli was left in London as the rest of the squad flew to Bulgaria on Wednesday
Tottenham players have been left stunned after Dele Alli was not included in the squad to face Southampton today.
The midfielder’s team-mates are amazed that the England star has been left out of Jose Mourinho’s plans for the second successive game.
Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday how Alli was left in London as the rest of the squad flew to Bulgaria for the clash against Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been left of his team’s squad for their trip to Southampton
And now more questions will be asked regarding Alli’s future.
Sportsmail reported this week how Tottenham had considered using Alli as a potential sweetener in their move to bring Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale back to the club.
That scenario appeared remote as Gareth Bale completed his emotional return to Spurs in a move that was driven by Mourinho.
Alli (right) is one of eight players to have remained in London instead of traveling to Bulgaria
The Wales international has agreed terms on a year-long deal that Sportsmail understands to be worth more than £13million – part of which will be financed by Real Madrid.
But the prospect of Alli leaving Spurs before the October 5 transfer deadline is starting to look a realistic possibility – his exclusion from the travelling party on Wednesday and Sunday is another indicator that his future, at least this season, may remain elsewhere.
While Alli’s talent is undoubted, there is a mutual feeling from all parties the midfielder could benefit from a move away to reinvigorate his career – particularly if it becomes clear Alli won’t be playing regularly this season.
With Bale’s arrival, competition for places in attacking midfield positions will become fiercer in the coming weeks.
Alli was discussed as being part of a swap deal which could see Gareth Bale join Spurs
If the 24-year-old is made available, then there will be no shortage of takers domestically and in Europe.
But there is likely to be a reluctance to sell Alli on a permanent basis from within the club given the depreciated market caused by Covid – particularly for a player who not long ago was valued in the region of £100million.
Tottenham would also prefer to loan Alli to an overseas club so as not to strengthen a domestic rival.
Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan are keen on signing the 24-year-old this summer
Paris Saint Germain have monitored Alli for a number of years, while Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte is known to be a long-term admirer.
Alli, by his own admission, has not lived up to the sky-high standards he has set himself after bursting onto the scene in sensational fashion five years ago.
Having become an integral part of Gareth Southgate’s team at World Cup 2018, during which England euphorically made it to the semi-finals, Alli has lost his place in the national squad.
Jose Mourinho took Alli off at half-time during Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat by Everton on Sunday