Dele Alli: Mauricio Pochettino didn’t like me at first

Date published: Sunday 15th October 2017 1:05 - Matthew Stead

Tottenham star Dele Alli claims that Mauricio Pochettino did not like him when he first joined from MK Dons.

Alli joined Spurs in 2015 and instantly became a first-team regular, scoring 10 goals in an impressive debut season.

He has gone on to become a key man for both Spurs and England, however the 21-year-old has revealed that he had to overcome the doubts of his manager upon arrived.

“When I signed for Spurs in 2015, I came to have a look around the training ground, but I think he [Pochettino] was in Spain,” Alli told the Mail on Sunday.

“I didn’t see him till I came back for pre-season. It was really hard and I didn’t know what he thought of me.

“The first proper one-on-one was with Jesus [Perez, Pochettino’s assistant].

“They were speaking in Spanish and then Jesus said to me: ‘He didn’t like you…’ or similar.

“The boss was staring me in the eye to see how I reacted. I was speechless! He [Perez] paused for like a second, and he said ‘…but now he loves you.'”

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