Dele Alli’s loan to PSG with Tottenham worried about Giovani Lo Celso’s injury | Dele Alli


Dele Alli has been retained by Tottenham despite offering a loan deal from Paris St-Germain as it emerged Giovani Lo Celso will be out for at least three more weeks due to a hamstring injury .

Lo Celso was sent off in the 2-0 home loss to Leicester on December 20 and it has been clear for some time that the issue is complicated. José Mourinho is now resigned to doing without the midfielder for most of this month and the fear is that it could be longer than that.

Lo Celso’s injury has been a factor in Spurs’ reluctance to loan Alli, as has the difficulty of signing a replacement for him during the midseason window.

Mourinho hasn’t counted on Alli this season, throwing him into just one Premier League game – the opening weekend’s loss to Everton when he replaced him at halftime. He’s also used it three times in the off-bench competition and while there have been greater opportunities in the domestic cups and the Europa League, that wasn’t enough to stop Alli from considering a new one. challenge.

The 24-year-old was followed by PSG last summer and the move to the French champions became even more appealing when Mauricio Pochettino, the manager he thrived under at Spurs, took office there last month.

Mourinho has reportedly been willing to allow Alli to go on loan, but not at the expense of leaving his team short of a player. A replacement would have had to be found, but it was still likely to be difficult, especially as funds were tight after the addition of seven new players last summer.

Former Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen was made available by Internazionale but that too was always going to be a tough deal to make. There was no market for Alli to be sold on a permanent basis or on loan with an obligation to purchase.

Spurs have cited a tendon injury to explain Alli’s absence from the squad in recent weeks and the question is whether Mourinho will be happy to have him for the rest of the season and if he can reinstate him .

Mourinho made headlines when he took over from Spurs in November 2019 and asked Alli if it was him or his brother he could see. The kidology piece put the player in great shape – he scored five goals in seven appearances – and Mourinho chose him regularly until he stopped football last March. But Alli’s overall trends have been on the decline since he was a key part of the England squad at the 2018 World Cup.

Mourinho said in early January that after the club’s “big effort this summer to try to put together a good team” he “did not feel entitled to ask for anything” in the winter window. But ask that he did and the inability to resolve Alli’s situation to his satisfaction has subsided.

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Spurs have ended their loan deal with Benfica for Gedson Fernandes, with the Portuguese club redirecting him to Galatasaray for the remainder of the season. Fernandes signed an 18-month loan from Spurs in January 2020 but has had no impact. The logistics of a move to Turkey have been complicated by the player who recently tested positive for Covid-19. It was reported in Turkey that Fernandes traveled there by ambulance plane to secure the deal.

Spurs have loaned Paulo Gazzaniga to La Liga wrestling club Elche – Alfie Whiteman, 22, will be Mourinho’s third-choice keeper – and they have recalled 18-year-old forward Troy Parrott of his loan at Millwall before taking him on. send back. in Ipswich. There was no deadline for the Danny Rose freeze, which remains under contract until June.

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