Dele Alli labels Mourinho era the saddest of his career

Dele Alli labels Mourinho era the saddest of his career

Ayoola Kelechi 23:45 - 13.07.2023

Everton midfielder Dele Alli recanted his worst memories at Tottenham noting the role of one former manager.

Former Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has revealed the torture of his fall from grace with Spurs, recounting the lowest point of his career.

Alli opens up about Tottenham demise

The former England international opened up about a number of touching subjects on the Overlap with ex-Manchester United star Fary Neville, and noted that he almost retired at the age of 24, after having a tumultuous time at Spurs with the Portuguese manager.

When asked if he could remember when things started to go awry for him, Alli said, “It’s hard to pinpoint one moment, probably the saddest moment for me was when Mourinho was manager, I think I was 24 and I remember there was one session, one morning I woke up and had to go to training.

Dele Alli failed to make an impact under Jose Mourinho at Tottenham
Dele Alli failed to make an impact under Jose Mourinho at Tottenham

“I remember just looking in the mirror – I mean it sounds dramatic but I was literally staring in the mirror – and I was asking if I could retire now, at 24, doing the thing I love.

“For me, that was heartbreaking to even have had that thought at 24, to want to retire.”

Alli says Mourinho apologised for ‘lazy’ diagnosis behind the scenes

Alli continued to play football but has struggled to replicate his early Tottenham form, after being plagued with comments made by Mourinho in a documentary where he called Alli “lazy” despite the Portuguese gaffer later apologising and admitting his mistake off camera.

“He called me lazy,” Alli noted, continuing, “That was the day after recovery day. A week later, he apologised to me for calling me lazy because he'd seen me actually train and play. But that wasn't in the documentary, and no one spoke up about that because it was only me and him.

“In the team meeting, he called me lazy but then one-on-one, I think it was on the pitch he apologised for it. And I didn't think anything of it at the time because I know myself – I'm not lazy.

“I think other coaches maybe, for other reasons why I weren't playing, they stuck to that – lazy one – because it was kind of an easy, easy one to use. And the problem was probably more than that, I think.”

Currently back with Everton after a failed loan spell at Turkish side Besiktas, Alli is hoping to pick up the pieces of his career with a new start under manager Sean Dyche.


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