Pochettino: New Alli deal just rumours

Dele Alli

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has insisted reports that a new deal is in the offing for star midfielder Dele Alli are wide of the mark.

The England international has risen to prominence in the two seasons since his switch from MK Dons in 2015, winning back-to-back PFA Young Player of the Year awards.

Alli was handed a new long-term contact just one year after joining Spurs, which runs through to 2021, but reports in the British media have suggested he is negotiating improved terms again.

Pochettino, though, has moved to quell the speculation, saying any such news will be related to the press by the north London club.

“Like always I tell you, when something happens or if a decision happens the club will communicate but that is a rumour,” the Argentine coach said at a news conference on Monday.

Alli is also believed to be a target for many of the world’s leading football agents, but when asked if he had sought advice from Pochettino on the matter, the 45-year-old replied: “He didn’t ask about that and it’s his business.

“Of course, every single player can ask me and can knock my door. I am open to giving advice but he didn’t ask me and I cannot say more.”