Jose Mourinho has revealed he held positive talks with the England international on Tuesday. Alli has been frozen out by Mourinho since the opening day defeat against Everton, and has mostly been used in the Cup games and Europa League group stages.
The Spurs midfielder was expected to leave in the January transfer window to join PSG, who appointed Mauricio Pochettino as their manager in December. However, the move didn’t materialise and Mourinho hopes the positive talks with Alli will encourage him to force his way back into the starting lineup.
Speaking to reporters ahead of their derby match against Chelsea, Mourinho said “I had a good conversation with him yesterday, we spoke around this question that you ask me.”
“I think we found a very common ground, let’s say. It’s an important period of the season for the team, and for him also. We need him, we need a good Dele Alli. We are just waiting for him to be back to normality, training with the team.”
“Of course, a conversation doesn’t make miracles or put a player in great form. But I believe the conversation was maybe the extra motivation he needed to be back as soon as possible and become available for the team. I believe that when he’s physically ready, he’ll be in a good place mentally to go for it.”
“It’s not just Dele. It’s Dele, Kane, Gio Le Celso. Without all three we miss some creation, some magic around the attacking areas. We need him back and I made that very sure to him.”