Karl Robinson does not want to sell Dele Alli despite heavy interest from Premier League clubs.
The 17-year-old put in another spell-binding performance in behind striker Patrick Bamford against Northampton on Tuesday night, with scouts from all over the country at Sixfields watching the teenage sensation.
But while the transfer window remains wide open for the rest of the month, Robinson isn’t keen on letting his latest young star out the stadum:mk door.
He said: “Dele Alli was scary. At 17-years-old to do that... Sam Baldock wasn’t conducting himself like that. I love working with him.
“I don’t think he’s for sale. It will take millions to get him, but I don’t want to sell him and the chairman doesn’t want to sell him.
“There will be a day where we have to though, but he’s destined for great, great things.
“But very good players have to go along a certain path. I’m very lucky to have so many young players, but I believe in them.”
Alli’s performance was just one of the shining lights to have come from the 2-1 victory. A brilliant performance from Robinson’s young side showed his faith in youth is justified as Dons threw their name in the hat for the second round draw on Thursday.
“It’s a great competition to be part of,” said Robinson. “I played a team with an average of 20, and this is a great opportunity to play our younger players.
“It was a great game for the neutrals. There was some great pressure and intensity of what a local derby and cup competition brings.
“It was good. We build our momentum with good performances and on the whole we were very good. I believe this Northampton team is very good and they’ll be competitive.
“We lost 1-0 here last year, and we got battered at Shrewsbury last year too, but our performances were so much better.”
But it could have been so much more, but for Cobblers keeper Matt Duke, who pulled off a series of incredible saves to keep the score in single figures.
“I can’t believe he’s still at Bradford,” joked Robinson. “Aidy Boothroyd has done wonderfully to get him here. But maybe our finishing could have been better!”