Noel Whelan has suggested that attitude problems and a subsequent fall out with Jose Mourinho may be the reasons behind Dele Alli’s prospective Tottenham exit.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds United forward suspects that “the relationship between manager and player has broken down”.
Fabrizio Romano claimed last week that the attacking midfielder had been offered to a number of clubs and The Telegraph‘s Jason Burt reported that Paris Saint-Germain have began talks over a potential loan deal.
Alli was left out of the Spurs squads that beat Lokomotiv Plovidiv and Southampton last week to further suggest that he may be surplus to requirements in north London.
He still has four years remaining on his contract at Spurs, having renewed his terms in October 2018.
When asked by Football Insider what he thought to be the reasoning behind the potential exit, Whelan said:
“We do not know what Dele Alli is like as a person and what he is like on the training ground.
“He might want to leave Spurs. He might not have the desire that he had three, four seasons ago and maybe he needs a new challenge.
“It is now two seasons where he has not been himself. His form has dropped and he has dropped out of the England squad. He is not the player that we once saw.
“It looks to me as if the relationship between manager and player has broken down.”
When speaking on Alli’s omission last week, Mourinho said: “We have a huge squad, a squad with numbers that are very difficult to manage.
“We have too many players for some positions and some of them are paying the price for this.”