Manchester City are not in pursuit of a summer deal for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli, manager Pep Guardiola has insisted.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted that the Citizens are not interested in signing Dele Alli, and will not be pursuing a deal for the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder in the summer transfer window.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Guardiola said that he is a fan of the 21-year-old but he remained adamant that the Englishman will remain a Tottenham player next season. He said: “Mauricio Pochettino has to stay calm. Dele Alli is going to be his player next season, I am pretty sure of that.
“We don’t want Dele Alli. He is a fantastic player. He is such good news for English football. He is a fighter, attacking the box he is one of the most fantastic players I’ve seen in my life. But Manchester City doesn’t want Dele Alli.”
Alli has been a revelation for Tottenham ever since he moved from League One club MK Dons in 2015. Making the significant step up from the third division to the Premier League, the England international has settled in at White Hart Lane in no time to establish himself as one of the most exciting prospect in Europe.
Now in his second season with Tottenham, Alli has become a prolific goalscorer, finding the back of the net 16 times – in addition to 7 assists – in 32 Premier League appearances that puts him seventh in the list of top scorers in the English top flight.
His superlative performances have also made him a full fledged England international, and he is now one of the most influential members for both club and country. His performances have also been rewarded with the PFA Young Player of the Year award in the last two seasons – a measure of just how impressive he has been.
As he continues to make a name for himself as a promising young attacking midfielder, he is starting to attract the attention of some of the best clubs across Europe. In fact, the likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and PSG have all been linked with Alli in recent months.
But, it now turns out that Guardiola will no sanction a move for Alli in the summer, with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane all going strong in attack. Tottenham have also been reported to be willing to offer a staggering £40 million contract to tempt him to staying.
But, it now turns out that that might not be needed, even though a renewal may yet be in the offing. It now remains to be seen if any other club makes a move for All in the summer transfer window. For now though, it looks highly likely that Alli will be a Tottenham player next season.