Karl Robinson has admitted that Dele Alli’s new contract won’t keep the wolves from the door.
Speculation has swirled around the future of the Dons midfielder since he burst onto the scene this time last season, but a new deal, which should keep the 18-year-old at stadium:mk until 2017, should help put off potential suitors.
However, with Alli continuing to build a name and reputation for himself as one of the top talents in League 1, his manager knows a new contract won’t put everyone off the scent.
He said: “We’re delighted to keep him but it won’t stop the wolves from coming to the door, so to speak.
“I’ve already heard there are buy-out clauses or whatever in the contract - I can assure you there’s none of that in there. The boy deserves the reward.
“He’s a first team regular in the team, and we wanted to extend his time here for obvious reasons. It shows how much he loves this club.
“We’re over the moon that he’s here.”
Alli himself paid tribute to the team around him for not only making him feel part of the team at such a young age, but also helping him through their own experiences.
Robinson also said the team around him have been a huge help, but admitted it hasn’t always been smooth sailing.
“He had a massive argument with Antony Kay last season. Kay was being quite aggressive towards him, he really ripped into him, but the boy came out and scored.
“Dean Lewington as a captain deserves a special mention for how he has managed him.
“Being with his mates too has helped. Patrick Bamford last year, Benik Afobe and Samir Carruthers this year - there’s a tremendous core group who love playing football together.”
But Robinson is under no illusions that Alli will eventually leave Dons to ply his trade elsewhere. And while no-one can really predict how far he can go, his manager feels he already has the attributes to become one of the best midfielders in the country.
“We all know one day he’ll have to move on, he’s a talent,” said Robinson.
“He can be as good as he wants to be. You can never tell where they’ll end up, but we have to look at the facts.
“Has he got the physicality? Yes. Has he got the athleticism? Yes. Has he got the natural talent? Yes. Is his game understanding improving, is he brave, good in the air, does he score and create goals? Yes! He ticks most boxes.
“He’s the all-round, modern day midfielder.”