Graeme Souness questions whether Tottenham star wants to be at the club (not Rose)
By Harvey Byrne
Former manager and pundit Graeme Souness has claimed that he’d have left a club if he knew others at rival sides were getting paid more, leading him to question if star Dele Alli truly wants to remain at Tottenham.
There is currently a lot being said about the current contracts of a number of Spurs stars after full-back Danny Rose gave an interview about the signings and salaries of the club ahead of the new season.
Star Kyle Walker has also departed the north London club for league rivals Manchester City this summer, who have been known to hand large wages to their players.
Now, Souness has questioned whether attacker Alli wants to be at the club, revealing that if he was a “big player” and was on less than others then he’d be banging on the manager’s door.
“I think long-term, ultimately yes,” started Souness speaking on Sky Sports on Sunday, as quoted by the Mirror live blog (12.58pm).
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“Imagine Tottenham don’t do well. There’s a mental block to play at Wembley.
“Does Dele Alli want to be there? It’s not like they’re 10-20% less? It’s 50% or 100%.
“Some teams below them are paying 100% more than they are on.
“If I was a big player and I knew I was on less, I’d bang on the manager’s door, if you’re not going to give it to me, I’m off.”
Alli has become one of the best players in the Premier League since his move to Tottenham from League One outfit MK Dons back in February 2015 for a fee of just £5million.
Last season saw the attacker return 22 goals and 13 assists in 50 appearances in all competitions and he is still contracted to Spurs until 2022.
However, he and others may seek a new deal soon given the current wages others are being paid at fellow top clubs.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs are ready to consider offers for 23-year-old interest Premier League clubs.