Just days after reporting that Dele Alli was in negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur for a new contract, the club announced today that the deal has been made. Alli has pledged his future to Spurs, signing a new contract that will keep him a Tottenham player for another five years.
This is, of course, fantastic news. Dele Alli is still a teenager, but has already made a huge splash at Spurs, scoring five goals and dishing out three assists in all competitions. He's also made his full England debut and scored for his country. It's been quite a year for Alli, and in comments on Spurs' website he expressed happiness at committing his future to Tottenham:
"I'm delighted. The club has been really great to me since I arrived, we've a great young team and I can only see us going forward. I'm really happy to be here."
"It's not been easy but like I said, there are a great bunch of lads here and they have all helped me settle in so well. I can't thank them and the staff enough. They've helped me settle in and made it easy for me to go out there and do my stuff...
"I've great people and support around me to keep my feet on the floor and to keep focusing on the football. Even with this contract, nothing changes, I'll work as hard as I can on and off the pitch and do as well as I can."
His manager, Mauricio Pochettino, said in a press conference that Alli fully deserves the new deal.
"I think that it's very good for him, for us. Dele Alli, I think he deserves it, after the last six months with us, an improvement on his salary and his contract. To achieve the level of his teammates, now he's an international and he plays consistently on the first team, so he deserves all he takes.
"For me, all the players are important. For me, Dele Alli is important too but for me the most important thing is the collective, the squad, the spirit. When you have a very good player with enough quality to play, you can achieve whatever you want.
The most important thing is that Dele Alli is here and he shows commitment to the club. This is the most important thing."
Financial details of the new contract haven't been made public by the club, but it was thought earlier that Spurs were doubling his wages to £20k/week.