Jose Mourinho leaves Spurs fans baffled as he drops Dele Alli for Europa League
Dele Alli's Tottenham future looks increasingly uncertain with the playmaker set to be left out of Jose Mourinho's Europa League squad.
When Mourinho arrived at the club, Alli was supposedly earmarked as his blue-eyed boy.
Instead, his side will travel to Bulgaria to take on Lokomotiv Plovdiv in their first qualifying round game without the England ace.
Mourinho confirming he would leave eight players behind with Harry Kane set to start the game.
According to The Telegraph, Alli is one of those not required – just days after he was hauled off by Mourinho at half-time in their Premier League opener with Everton.
Mourinho's sudden change in behaviour towards Alli has left Spurs fans baffled after he appeared set to build his team around the England playmaker when he arrived at the club less than 12 months ago.
“I leave eight at home because in this moment our squad is big,” said Mourinho. “So to take 18, I have to leave eight players at home with one of my assistants to work.”
Alli was reportedly mentioned in discussions with Real Madrid over deals for Gareth Bale and left-back Sergio Reguilon.
It is also claimed that Inter Milan are monitoring the situation with Antonio Conte an admirer after his time in the Premier League with Chelsea.
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Speaking about his decision to substitute Alli against Everton at his press conference, Mourinho said: “The change at half-time was not the first time in my career and it will not be the last time.
“I did even more than that, not many times but a few times, the last one was with Eric Dier against Olympiacos where I took him off with 25-30 minutes in the game.
“When I do these kinds of things, I do it for the team. In some cases, the option was proven right. In some other cases, the option is proven wrong. In this case it didn’t work.
"The second half was not better than the first half. That’s my job, to make decisions and to try the best for the team when I’m not happy with a performance.”
Asked how Dele was, Mourinho added: “Dele is a very polite guy, very calm. He’s a bit introspective, when you think a lot about things.
"The way he reacted was Dele. It was quiet, sad, but in the end, after the game, he was just one of many. But again, I repeat, he’s a good boy. Very, very polite. And I never saw from him in here with myself, with the other players, everybody at the club, I never saw a strong reaction. A good boy. A really good boy.”
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