As Dele Alli has gotten better and better, there’s always been a thought lurking in the back of Spurs fan’s minds. Could Dele leave for a super-club if he’s really becoming a world class player?
These quotes won’t assuage any of your worries.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Dele says that really doesn’t know what his future holds, and that it could include a departure from Tottenham one day.
"You can never say what's going to happen in the future," Alli said. "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."
My first impression is that he sounds a lot like Gareth Bale did during his final years at Spurs. He mentions that he still loves being a part of Tottenham, but is honest about being driven to take step to the next level if he outgrows the club.
There’s a major contrast between these quotes and the way Harry Kane speaks about Spurs. Kane never stops talking about how much he loves Tottenham and wants to stay forever. He’s always seemed more likely to be a “This is my club, my one and only club” type than Dele did
But these quotes are also no reason to believe that Dele is leaving this summer. He’s still only 21-years-old, and super-clubs like Real Madrid or Bayern Munich might not see him as being ready to play for them yet.
We also shouldn’t be naive, there will be a time when Dele leaves the club. Any fee received for Dele anytime soon would be astronomical. But we can expect Daniel Levy to do everything in his power to keep hold of Dele, and other valuable assets, until the new stadium opens.
All that being said, please don’t go Dele. We love you, and Eric Dier would be so lonely.