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Pochettino, PSG “optimistic” Dele could sign on loan in January

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PSG and Pochettino are not going away anytime soon.

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After last week’s story that Tottenham Hotspur have no intention of letting out-of-favor midfielder Dele leave the club this January, did you think that the story was over?

Buddy, we’re just getting started.

Yesterday, Matt Law in the Telegraph wrote that PSG, which recently hired former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino as their new boss, is ready to test Daniel Levy’s resolve by making another attempt to sign Dele on loan for the rest of the season.

It’s not a crazy idea, which is why people keep talking about it. Dele is obviously not getting minutes under Jose Mourinho and is way, way down the pecking order at Spurs. At PSG he’d reunite with the manager who gave him his big chance and helped develop him into one of the most exciting young English players of his generation, and one with whom Dele is still very friendly.

This, however, was the most interesting bit of this (paywalled) article for me:

Alli has not fallen out with Mourinho, but has been left confused by some of his treatment and is understood to believe that a loan move away could be the best way to recover some of his confidence and form.

I’m also confused! We’ve all assumed that relations were poor between the two, but this seems to contradict that. It does, however, imply that the communication between Dele and Mourinho is not the greatest, if Dele is “confused” as to why he’s not getting any match time.

PSG wanting to get Dele on loan is not the same thing as the loan actually happening, of course, and there are equally good reasons that this might not happen, specifically Mourinho wanting to keep Dele around for depth purposes since Spurs are still involved in four competitions. But come on, wouldn’t this make just a ton of sense? Stay tuned, because this story is absolutely not going away.