By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Dele Alli has revealed he signed for Tottenham because of Mauricio Pochettino’s faith in young players.
The Spurs midfielder has had an outstanding debut Premier League campaign following his £5million move from MK Dons last year.
Alli, who turned 20 last weekend, is on the six-man shortlist for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, which was won last season by his team-mate Harry Kane.
“I have always had confidence in my ability, I knew I’d get a chance coming here, that’s one of the main reasons why I signed for Tottenham,” Alli told Spurs TV on Thursday. “We’ve got a great manager who does work a lot with youngsters.
“You can see that this season. We’ve got great youngsters in the team and everyone is looking to fight for their place. It has been a crazy year and I never expected it to happen this quickly.”
As reported by Football Insider, Liverpool scouted England’s new star frequently over a two-year period and held extensive talks with his former club MK Dons about a deal in the summer of 2014.
Ex-manager Brendan Rodgers was keen to sign the teenager but Liverpool were put off by the performance-related add-ons requested by the Championship club and pulled out of a deal.
The Anfield club were not even in the running for Alli last January by the time Tottenham beat off competition from Newcastle and Aston Villa to secure the services of the boyhood Liverpool fan.
Alli has since become a regular in the Spurs’ first team, scoring eight Premier League goals in a sensational debut campaign and opening his account for England at senior level.
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