Jose Mourinho questions Dele Alli’s ‘party boy’ lifestyle in new Amazon documentary and claims he ‘doesn’t train well’ as he insists midfielder will have regrets if he doesn’t reach his potential
- Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho questioned Dele Alli’s ‘party boy’ lifestyle
- Alli was left out of the England squad and has not played for them in over a year
- Mourinho says he ‘doesn’t train well’ and that he will ‘regret’ his partying life
Jose Mourinho questioned Dele Alli’s ‘party boy’ lifestyle as he advised the Tottenham midfielder to figure out what he wants to achieve in his career.
Alli was not named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad on Tuesday and the 24-year-old, who scored nine goals in 38 appearances last season, has not won an international cap for more than a year.
Mourinho reveals he ‘doesn’t train well’ in the opening episodes of the Amazon documentary series ‘All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur’ and called him into his office soon after he replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November.
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho questioned Dele Alli’s ‘party boy’ lifestyle in documentary
Mourinho says he ‘doesn’t train well’ and that he will ‘regret’ his partying if he doesn’t make it
‘It’s for you to analyse and to realise why you go ‘MK Dons, Tottenham, national team, bang’ and then you reach the top and why do you have in your career these little ups and downs?’ said Mourinho.
‘I don’t know if it has to do with your lifestyle. I don’t know if in one period you are an amazing professional and in another period you are a party boy.
‘Only you can know that. One day I think you will regret if you don’t reach what you can reach.’
Boss Mourinho has been on Alli’s back at training and even branded him as ‘f***ing lazy’
Mourinho tells chairman Daniel Levy how Sir Alex Ferguson told him to sign Alli for Manchester United.
‘Sir Alex Ferguson gave me only one piece of advice in two-and-a-half years, “Buy Dele Alli, that guy with that mentality, the way he plays, the aggression in his mind, that guy is a Manchester United player, buy that guy”.
‘He has an eye for players and he told me, “buy that player” but he is not a good trainer. We have to find the right motivation for the guy.’
Alli was asked about the comments by Gabby Logan at the media launch of the ‘All or Nothing’ series on Tuesday.
‘When someone like Mourinho speaks to you, you listen every time,’ said Alli.
‘It was our first real conversation with just us two in the office. The cameras are not in your mind. It was our first discussion. In that situation, when the situation changes and such a big manager comes in, you are all waiting for that first conversation.
Alli said he can still picture that conversation and felt it was ‘coming from a good place’
‘Everyone was waiting to get a taste of what he thinks of you and what he’s experienced from another club, looking in and seeing you play.
‘It was a real conversation and it means a lot to players to go in and have that conversation and it is so honest. It’s not just them saying what they think you want to hear.
‘Sometimes it can be difficult to take. But you realise it’s not a negative conversation. He’s saying it to help. I know that. I’m not silly. But, yeah, it’s something that stays with you.
‘I can still remember the whole conversation. It’s coming from a good place and it gives you something to keep working towards, and it opens your eyes a little bit.’
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