I ignored speculation, admits Dons star Alli

Dele Alli
Dele Alli

Dele Alli admits he ignored every column inch of speculation regarding his future on transfer deadline day.

The 18-year-old signed a new three year deal with MK Dons on Thursday, a reward for his meteoric rise.

Having pulled on a Dons shirt a little over 50 times in his short career, the teenager has already seen his stock rise to one of the hottest talents in League 1 - so much so that Dons were more concerned with defending against bids for the 18-year-old on transfer deadline day than they were about moving to bring players in.

But while all that was going on, Alli admitted he let everyone else deal with it.

“I didn’t get involved with any of it,” he said. “I let my guardians and my agent sort it all out.

“I just focussed on playing here and let everyone else get on with it!”

Speaking about his new deal, he said: “I’m buzzing. It’s something that has happened quite quickly.

“I’m really thankful to the chairman and the gaffer for rewarding me for the work I’m putting in.

“But nothing is going to change, I’m going to keep giving 100 per cent and we’ll see what happens.

“I’ve still got a lot of improving to do, but I’ve improved a lot already too.

“The players here have helped on and off the pitch, as has the gaffer and Richie Barker too. I owe them a lot of credit.”

Already with three goals to his name, Alli is beginning to find the back of the net more regularly, though last season he was able tick off his first professional hat-trick against Notts County.

And though goals are coming from all over the pitch at the moment, the teenager is keen to get on the score sheet a lot more.

He said: “When I was in the youth team, I was the top scorer, so goals are something I love to get. We’ve got a great team here, and we’re a great bunch of lads.

“Everyone wants everyone else to do well and score goals, no-one is out there for themselves. We all want the team to do well, and that’ll help us this season.

“We are a confident team at the moment. We’ve scored a lot of goals, we’ve keep a lot of clean sheets too. Everyone is putting in a shift from the goalkeeper to the strikers.

“It has been a great start. Everyone’s working hard, on and off the pitch to make sure we all get what we want at the end of the season - promotion.”