Dele Alli admits he got through the ‘toughest’ season of his career with ‘some unbelievably low moments’ … but the Tottenham midfielder insists he is ‘more determined than ever’ to get into shape next season. to turn.
- Dele Alli spent much of the season at Tottenham, frozen by Jose Mourinho
- The 25-year-old has since returned under interim boss Ryan Mason
- Alli played only 15 top games and was denied a move to PSG in January
- But now the midfielder is adamant that he will leave a ‘tough’ season behind
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli insists he is ‘more determined than ever’ to come back stronger after the ‘toughest’ season of his career.
The 25-year-old spent much of the campaign frozen by Jose Mourinho before coming back under temporary boss Ryan Mason after the Portuguese was fired.
Alli played just 15 times in the Premier League in 2020-21, and after seeing little playing time under Mourinho, he was eager to leave the club in January.
Dele Alli is determined to come back stronger after the ‘toughest’ season of his career
Former boss Mauricio Pochettino wanted to save Alli in the winter transfer window and put him on loan to Paris St Germain, only for Spurs to refuse to approve the move.
With a call-up to the England European Championship squad highly unlikely, Alli is determined to use his free summer wisely.
He posted on Instagram: ‘It goes without saying that this season has been the hardest season in my career so far.
‘There have been some incredibly low moments and tough challenges that I have had to face, but I am grateful that I have always had the opportunity to do what I love.
The Tottenham midfielder was frozen for much of the season under Jose Mourinho (R)
The 25-year-old came back into the picture under interim boss Ryan Mason (second from right)
This season has taught me that I cannot take anything for granted and I am more determined than ever to come back fitter and stronger.
“Thanks to the fans for the great support as always and I look forward to seeing you all back in the stadiums next season.”
Spurs finished a disappointing season in seventh, their lowest final position since 2008, and qualified for the Europa Conference League after a 4-2 win in Leicester.
They face a huge summer ahead, with the search for Mourinho’s successor still underway – though it is believed to be reaching its end – and a battle to keep the criminal star man Harry Kane down.
Alli had the opportunity to connect with former PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino (second from left)
By making their way into UEFA’s inaugural third league, Tottenham is continuing to qualify for European football, but outgoing interim boss Mason says this has not been a success this season.
‘First of all, we wanted to play in the Champions League. I’ve said all along that it’s disappointing where we are right now, ”said Mason, returning to his role in the academy.
‘It is very disappointing for the football club. It is important that we are in Europe, not in the European competition in which we would like to participate.
So it was important that we finished with a win today, for many different reasons. Yes, it is not the game we want to play next year, but it is a European game, and we will certainly respect that. ‘
Tottenham qualified for the Europa Conference League after a 4-2 win over Leicester