Mourinho proved right after blasting Alli potential during stint at Tottenham

Dele Alli looks set to join Besiktas this summer as his Premier League career goes from bad to worse, but Jose Mourinho did try to warn the star while he was at Tottenham.

Alli was once the golden boy in the Premier League, arriving for a bargain £5million from MK Dons, and the midfielder could do no wrong during his first three seasons under Mauricio Pochettino. Alli scored 37 Premier League goals by the age of 22, and won the young player of the year award on two occasions.

But Alli's form began to dip shortly after Pochettino left the club, and despite a slight resurgence under Mourinho, he struggled to reach the high standards that had been set by the youngster. His attitude had become compromised, and his life away from football began to impact his performances, and Mourinho tried to warn him what might happen.

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Alli is a shadow of his former self, scoring just one Premier League goal within the last three seasons, and being shipped off to Everton in one of the strangest 'free' transfers ever seen. Alli was essentially given to Everton by Tottenham, with the Toffees paying the north London side up to £40m based on his eventual involvement.

Everton are yet to pay a penny to Tottenham, and Frank Lampard has only given the midfielder one Premier League start as Alli's career in England looks to be all but over. It remains a footballing mystery to the masses, but not to Mourinho, who saw it coming a mile away.

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While Mourinho was in charge at Tottenham in 2020 he made a bold prediction during an honest chat with Alli, and he warned the midfielder as he said: "Since the beginning I’ve had no doubts about your potential.

"I saw you do incredible matches and incredible things, but I always felt that you had ups and downs. There is a huge difference between a player that keeps consistency and a player that has moments, and that is the difference between a top, top player and a player with top potential.

"It’s something that you don’t have to share with me, something that you just have to analyse yourself to realise why my career is being… MK Dons, top, national team, bang! And then you reach the top and then…"

Mourinho was extremely honest with Alli and said that his lifestyle could affect his consistency, and that ultimately it could lead to future regrets as he warned the midfielder about wasting his talent. And now that Alli looks to have wasted his chances at both Tottenham and Everton, he's been proved right.

The Portuguese boss continued as he added: "Why you have in your career these little ups and downs, I don’t know if it had to do with your lifestyle. If in one period you are an amazing professional, in another period you become a party boy, going out, I don’t know, I have no idea, only you can know that.

"I am 56 now and yesterday, yesterday I was 20, and today I’m 56, time flies and I think one day I think you will regret if you don’t reach what you can reach. I’m not expecting you to be man of the match every game, I’m not expecting you to score goals every game, I want just to tell you that I think you will regret.

"You should demand more from you, not me, demanding more from you, not me, nobody, you, I think you should demand more from you." Now that Alli appears to be looking to the Turkish League to revive his career, he may wish he listened sooner.


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