Jose Mourinho has revealed he has ‘found common ground’ with Dele Alli following a ‘good conversation’ with the out-of-favour Tottenham midfielder.
Alli has been linked with an exit from the north London side having failed to start a Premier League fixture since the opening day of the season, though no move materialised during the winter window with the 24-year-old remaining a part of the Spurs squad.
The midfielder has struggled to win favour with Mourinho and has lost his place for club and country, though the Spurs boss has raised the prospect of Alli returning to the fold after revealing positive talks have been held between the pair.
Mourinho insists that he is keen for a ‘good Dele Alli’ to return from injury and contribute this season and believes the star can provide his side with ‘magic around the attacking areas’ upon his return to full fitness.
“He [Alli] needs to recover from his injury,” said Mourinho at his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Chelsea.
”He needs to get back to training and have a fresh start because in the last few weeks he couldn’t even join in training.
“I had a good conversation with him yesterday. We spoke around this question you asked me and I think we found common ground. It’s an important season for the team. It’s an important period of the season for him also. We need him. We need a good Dele Alli. We are waiting for him to be back to normality.
“It’s just not just Dele. When you look at Dele, [Harry] Kane, [Giovani] Lo Celso, we are speaking about players that without all three we miss some creation or some magic around the attacking areas so we need him back and I made that very sure to him.
“Of course a conversation doesn’t make miracles. It doesn’t put a player in great form without limitations in terms of fitness, but I believe the conversation was the extra motivation that he needed to be back as soon as possible and to become available for the team.
“We play Europe a League very soon, we are playing in the Premier League a couple of matches every week, we have the FA Cup, I don’t believe he will be on time for that one. We have a final to play in April so we need a good Dele back. And I believe that when physically he is ready I believe that mentally he will be in a good place to go for it.”