No done deal for Dons’ Dele

Dele Alli. (Colin Bridges)
Dele Alli. (Colin Bridges)

Speculation linking Dele Alli with a move away from stadium:mk is ‘getting more severe’ according to manager Karl Robinson after denying his midfielder is heading for Liverpool.

Rumours have been swirling around the 18-year-old for more than a year regarding a big-money move to the top flight of English football, but as yet, nothing has come to fruition.

On Saturday, Alli was in Luxembourg with England U19s, but wasn’t included in the side that beat Belarus 3-0.

Robinson joined Alli on the sidelines, and used the time to discuss the future with his midfield talisman, unbeknownst to either that they’d be reading about a done deal barely 24 hours later.

Robinson said: “I went out to Luxembourg to see Dele play, and then the following day we saw all the reports on the back of the papers that he was leaving. We had a chat about it.

“What will be will be with Dele. He has dealt with it for 12 months now, but it’s getting more and more severe. It was small inches before, now it’s back pages. But that’s good for the kid.

“We had a catch up regarding what was in the paper. We chatted about where the next few months are going to go.

“I understand the speculation - I think he said he was a Liverpool fan once, and with my connections to the club too, but I want Dele to go where’s best for Dele.

“Right now, we’re the best thing for him. He’s not going anywhere yet, trust me. He’s still got a lot of football to play.”

Robinson faced similar speculation three years ago when Sam Baldock’s future came into question. But while the striker was sold to West Ham United, Robinson feels the club are in a better position now to keep hold of their top talents.

“We sold Sam Baldock a few years ago. If we were in the same position then as we are now, we wouldn’t have sold him. We don’t have to sell. We can’t go out and do what the likes of Bristol City are doing.”