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Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is unlikely to leave the club on loan in January, contrary to reports that the 24-year-old could be set to join Paris Saint-Germain on a temporary basis. The former MK Dons man has not been selected in a Premier League matchday squad since October’s 6-1 win over Manchester United, and has only made eight appearances for Spurs this season in all competitions.
Alli sparked further debate regarding his future at Spurs when he was spotted leaving the dugout and walking down the tunnel during Thursday’s Europa League victory against Royal Antwerp, only to return to his seat on the bench shortly afterwards.
Despite recent speculation surrounding a possible exit, Spurs are not looking to let the midfielder leave on loan next month, instead urging him to fight for his place in the side, according to Sky Sports.
PSG had been tipped to provide Alli with an temporary escape from his troubles in north London, but it seems as if the French champions will miss out on their man unless they are prepared to launch a permanent bid for his services.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho admitted after Thursday’s final Europa League group stage match that Alli is not a ‘happy player’ at present.
“Let’s not run away from the reality, a player on the bench who realises with five changes he is not one of them, of course he is not a happy player and I wouldn’t expect him to be,” Mourinho explained.
“But every player who is on the bench, or leaves the pitch in cold weather with me, they can go to the dressing room and I even prefer if that happened.”
Alli has played 230 times for Spurs since joining the club five years ago, scoring 64 goals and creating another 56 in the process.
Spurs legend David Ginola revealed in October that he would like to see the midfielder take on a new challenge with PSG, believing that he would benefit greatly as a result.
“When he came on in the second half [against United], you could see that he was very cautious about not losing the ball and not trying many special things like he is capable of doing on the football pitch,” Ginola told Sky Sports.
“Doing that in Paris would be a new challenge for him. I don’t see why not. We haven’t had many English players playing for Paris Saint-Germain in the past so it would be interesting to see that.
“For Spurs with Son [Heung-min], [Harry] Kane, [Gareth] Bale, Dele Alli – if he wants to play there with these three or four players – he needs to improve his game.”
Tottenham will be looking to continue their formidable Premier League form with victory over cross-city rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
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