By Harry Sykes
Dele Alli has refused to publicly commit to being at Tottenham next season in a bombshell interview that will shred the nerves of the club’s supporters.
The Spurs playmaker told Sky Sports that it is impossible to predict the future and admits he could quit at any time if it was the right thing for his career.
Alli, 21, has become hot property over the last two seasons after establishing himself as one of the star players of Mauricio Pochettino’s young and vibrant side.
He has followed up a sensational debut campaign with an even better second one in which he has scored 21 goals and supplied a further 11 assists from 48 matches in all competitions.
The England international has been linked with a move to Europe’s elite clubs and the player himself has refused to rule out the possibility.
“You can never say what’s going to happen in the future,” Alli said, as quoted by the Sky Sports website. “No one knows. No one can predict it.
“But for me, it’s important that I enjoy the journey I’m on, whether I stay at Tottenham for the rest of my career or if one day I have to leave and it’s the right thing for me to do.
“I’m always going to be thinking about what’s going to get the best out of me, and if that’s going to be at Tottenham or if I have to leave it’s just important I enjoy the journey and don’t get too worried about how it’s going to end.”
Asked if he would definitely be at Spurs next season he said: “Like I said, you never know, but it’s a fantastic club to be a part of.
“We’re all looking to learn together, build together and be as successful as we can. We all want to achieve stuff so it’s a good place to be, and I think with the manager we’ve got here as well I can’t see many better places for me to improve.”
Given Alli’s importance to the team, it will send shivers through the spines of Tottenham fans that he will not even commit to being at the club next season.
The former MK Dons player signed a new Spurs contract last September that runs until the summer of 2022.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have sensationally terminated the contract of one of their defenders.