Dele Alli: Jose Mourinho says Sir Alex Ferguson advised him to sign Manchester United midfielder | Football News

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Dele Alli has scored 50 goals in 156 Premier League appearances for Tottenham

Jose Mourinho has revealed that the only advice Sir Alex Ferguson gave him when the Manchester United manager was to sign Dele Alli.

Mourinho, who now heads Alli at Tottenham, made the confession to its chairman Daniel Levy in a meeting broadcast on the Amazon Prime Video documentary All or nothing.

The Portuguese had just taken over from Mauricio Pochettino in north London and was discussing his first impressions of Alli.

He said: “I already said very directly to Dele that he doesn’t train well, he’s not a good coach.

Mourinho says Sir Alex Ferguson only gave him one piece of advice during his tenure at Old Trafford

Mourinho says Sir Alex Ferguson only gave him one piece of advice during his tenure at Old Trafford

“I’m not saying disaster but I’m not saying Harry Kane, Harry Kane is a very good coach.

“Sir Alex Ferguson has only given me one piece of advice in two and a half years: buy Dele Alli. This guy, with this mentality, the way he plays, the aggression he has in mind. This guy is the Manchester United player. Buy Dele Alli ‘.

“And he (Ferguson) has an eye for a player. But he (Alli) is not a good coach, we have to find motivation for the guy. ”

Alli was one of the game’s brightest prospects after breaking onto the Spurs scene after leaving MK Dons, scoring 18 goals in the 2016/17 Premier League season.

However, his injuries have limited him to just 25 league appearances in each of the past two seasons, with his number of goals and influence dwindling as well.

Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho accused Dele Alli of being 'lazy' in training

Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho accused Dele Alli of being ‘lazy’ in training

Mourinho was found to be open with his views on Alli in the documentary, often calling out the striker for his limited efforts in training.

In Mourinho’s first training session, he accused Alli of being ‘lazy’, before saying, ‘I’m going to be a pain in the ass for you. And you’re lucky because when my ass hurts it means I like you. ”

Mourinho was more constructive in a one-on-one meeting with his player in his office, but wondered if Alli’s ‘party-loving’ lifestyle could have contributed to his loss of form.

Spurs are set to start the 2020/21 Premier League season against Everton on Saturday, September 12, with Mourinho looking to build on a sixth place finish for his debut campaign in charge.

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