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Dele Alli is 'fully motivated' to perform for Tottenham, says team-mate Eric Dier

Dele Alli has been warned by team-mate Eric Dier not to become "just an asset" at another club and stick with Tottenham Hotspur.

Alli, 20, has built on his impressive top-flight breakthrough last season with excellent displays in the current campaign, scoring 13 goals in all competitions for Spurs and being named Premier League player of the month for January.

His performances have seen him linked with a move away from White Hart Lane in the national press with Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid reportedly interested.

Dier and Alli are close off the pitch and have become integral players in Mauricio Pochettino's side and the England set-up, and Dier fears his team-mate would only be seen as a commodity if he moved elsewhere.

ENFIELD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09:  Dele Alli of Tottenham poses with the Premier League Player Of The Month award at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on Feb
Image: Alli was named Premier League player of the month for January

"He's still a very young boy, I think people need to remember that" Dier told Sky Sports News HQ, following a Q&A with One Hotspur Junior Members at Tottenham's Enfield training base.

"I think he's at the perfect place for that because he's got a support system around him and a manager and a group of players that will take care of him.

"You have to worry about young players sometimes in certain places if they can cope with it and will they be looked after as a 20-year-old boy and not just an asset.

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Dele Alli celebrates with Eric Dier after scoring his and Tottenham's second goal
Image: Dier fears Alli would be considered just an 'asset' at another club

"I think he's very well looked after here and hopefully he will be for a long time."

Alli signed a new contract in September to keep him at Tottenham until 2022 and Dier insists the midfielder is focused on a long-term future at the club.

"Yeah I think so, he's never mentioned to me once that it isn't," Dier added. "I think he's fully motivated to do well with Spurs."

Following Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Liverpool, Tottenham sit third in the Premier League table, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

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