Dele Alli: Tottenham star out of Jose Mourinho's squad for Newcastle game amid exit talk

Jose Mourinho snubs Alli for second successive Premier League game; host of clubs including Paris-Saint Germain interested in the midfielder

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Jose Mourinho says Dele Alli has been left out of his Tottenham squad for rotational reasons and wants to see his players fight for game-time

Dele Alli was omitted from Tottenham's Premier League matchday squad for the second week in a row amid continued transfer speculation.

The England midfielder was absent at home to Newcastle on Sunday, even though new signing Gareth Bale was not fit to take part.

When quizzed on Sunday whether Alli was not selected because of squad rotation or other reasons, Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho said: "A bit of both."

"We start with [Harry] Kane, with [Heung-Min] Son, with Lucas [Moura], then on the bench we have [Erik] Lamela and [Steven] Bergwijn, and when the players are on the pitch they have to try to earn more minutes for the next match, and for the next match they have to fight for that."

The 24-year-old was left out of Tottenham's side which dispatched Southampton 5-2 at St Mary's Stadium last weekend for footballing reasons, according to Mourinho.

Alli was substituted at half-time during Tottenham's 1-0 Premier League opening defeat to Everton and also missed the victory over Lokomotiv Plovdiv 2-1 on September 17.

Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Dele Alli (up) and Tottenham Hotspur's Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho watches the English FA Cup fifth round football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on Match 4, 2020.
Image: Mourinho has previously been critical of Alli's attitude

The playmaker did feature for an hour in their away clash with FK Shkendija in midweek, as Spurs secured their Europa League play-off place.

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Mourinho was asked about his future prior to Tottenham's clash with Newcastle and said he was "convinced" the midfielder would be a Tottenham player by the end of the transfer window.

He told Sky Sports News: "I believe [he will stay]. I can even say that I'm convinced that he will be."

Dele Alli's future at Tottenham remains unclear with the midfielder being left out again
Image: Alli's future at Tottenham remains unclear with the midfielder left out again

A number of clubs, including Champions League finalists Paris Saint-Germain, are interested in signing the England international midfielder in this transfer window.

Sky Sports News has reported that Tottenham are not prepared to allow Alli to depart on a permanent deal, with club sources remaining adamant that he will stay and fight for his place.

Meanwhile, Tottenham and Inter Milan have held talks over the transfer of central defender Milan Skriniar, who could yet join before the transfer deadline on October 5.

Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilon, Matt Doherty, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Joe Hart have all arrived at the club so far in this window.

Summer transfer window - key dates and times

The summer transfer window closes at 11pm on Monday October 5 with a feast of activity lined up on Transfer Deadline Day on Sky Sports News and across our Sky Sports platforms.

A domestic-only window for deals between the Premier League and EFL then runs from October 5 and closes on Friday October 16 at 5pm. Follow all the news and analysis on SSN and across Sky Sports' digital platforms, including with our dedicated Transfer Centre blog.

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