- Jose Mourinho has stated that Dele Alli is still part of his squad despite being benched in consecutive matches
- The Portuguese boss has only featured the Englishman in the opening day loss to Everton this season
- It is understood that the Tottenham midfielder has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain before the window closes
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Jose Mourinho has insisted that Dele Alli is still part of his plans despite leaving the Tottenham midfielder out in their clashes against Lokomotiv Plovdiv and Southampton.
The England international was not in the line up that thrashed the Saints by 5-2 because he was ordered to do extra training.
However, Mourinho has insisted that Alli could be available to face Leyton Orient in a 3rd-round Carabao Cup tie in midweek.
During a post-match interview with Football Daily, the Special One was asked if he wanted to keep the Englishman and he said:
“I want a balanced squad. That’s what I want.”
The former Man United boss was also quizzed if the midfielder has a place in his squad and he responded:
“Does he need to be sacrificed? No. But a squad is a puzzle.”
It is understood that Alli has been linked with a move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain before the window closes but reports claim no discussions have been made between both clubs.
Mourinho was also asked to confirm if he wanted to keep the Englishman in the team and he added:
“I am not responsible for the market, I don’t know how to answer to you your question in relation to that.
“The only thing I can say is I left eight players behind, they stayed training because they are a big group and Dele is amongst these players.
“You could see our team, I cannot start with all of them and I cannot have a bench without defenders or the midfielders.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Jose Mourinho interrupted Tottenham's four-goal hero Son Heung-min's interview and said Harry Kane deserved to be given the Man-of-the-Match award.
Spurs bounced back from an opening day defeat to Everton to thrash Southampton by 5-2 at Saint Mary's and Son scored four goals in the match.
The Korean attacker was officially named the best player in the match but Mourinho thinks otherwise because Son's strike-partner, Kane, assisted all of his four goals.
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