Dele Alli says Mauricio Pochettino was key to signing new Tottenham contract

Midfielder penned new six-year contract extension on Tuesday

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Dele Alli says Mauricio Pochettino's support played a major role in the Tottenham midfielder signing a new contract

Dele Alli says Mauricio Pochettino's support and football philosophy played a "big part" in the midfielder signing a new deal at Tottenham.

Despite having four years left on his previous contract, Alli signed a contract extension at Tottenham until 2024 on Tuesday.

When asked if he had any hesitations, the England international told Sky Sports News: "No, to be honest. I love being here, I love being a part of what this club is doing and where we're heading.

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"It's a nice gesture from the chairman because I had a few years left on my old contract, but nothing changes, I'm still going to keep working as hard as I am and keep fighting and being a part of this team."

Alli, 25, moved to Tottenham from MK Dons in 2015, and has since become an integral player for club and country.

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He says he owes a lot to manager Pochettino, as well as the rest of the Tottenham coaching staff, having gone on to represent England 31 times and pick up back-to-back PFA Young Player of the Year awards in 2016 and 2017.

"I owe a lot of thanks to Poch for where I am at the minute in my career. Him and Jesus (Perez) and Miggy (Miguel D'Agostino) and Toni (Jimenez) are keen to keep it improving and heading in the right direction, he added.

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"I can't think of a better place for a player of my age and where I am in my career, to have such amazing support and coaching staff to help me to keep improving.

"That's what I want to do, to keep improving as a player and as a person."

Asked if Pochettino was influential in signing a new deal, Alli added: "It's a big part of it. The fans and the club are amazing, the players as well, we've got a special bunch of boys and everybody gets on really well.

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"Poch is the one we're working with all the time, it's his philosophy that [is the reason] why we love playing here.

"When I think about signing, obviously Poch plays a big part in that."

Meanwhile, Tottenham were drawn away to north London rivals Arsenal in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals after beating West Ham on Wednesday night.

Alli said: "Another London derby. It's what the competition is all about, we're ready to go so we'll be looking forward to it."

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