By Harvey Byrne
MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman has claimed that Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli wouldn’t be a footballer if his side, who were established in 2004 weren’t around.
The Buckinghamshire side took over from Wimbledon in 2003 and relocated the team to their new home with the only legacy of the London side left in the club’s name with “Dons.”
Alli, 20, broke through the youth system at the League One outfit before completing an initial £5million deal to White Hart Lane in 2015.
However, Winkleman believes that the young star wouldn’t be a footballer now if it wasn’t for his side.
“I’m incredibly proud of what Dele’s been able to do,” said Winkleman speaking on Sky’s Fantasy Football show. “I can stand here and say to you that if we hadn’t have been here he probably wouldn’t have even been a footballer.”
Alli was named as the PFA Young Player of the Year as well as featuring in the PFA Team of the Year in the last campaign after starring for the north London club in their third place finish.
He has also won 13 senior caps for England at his young age, making him one of the country’s brightest young prospects.
The young attacker has played in nine encounters for his club in the new campaign scoring two goals.