Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy could be headed for the mother of all fallouts as Dele Alli’s current situation continues to be a conundrum.
The England international has been frozen out of the action at Tottenham Hotspur, with Mourinho preferring other options over the 24-year-old. But Alli still has four years left on his current contract and won’t be willing to sit on the sidelines until then. Currently valued at £46million, Spurs could bank an insane profit on the midfielder if they were to cash in next summer.
However, things aren’t as simple as that for the Spurs board. Levy has made it clear that he is an admirer of Alli’s and does not want to see him leave the club any time soon.
Mourinho is a well-respected and established Premier League manager who boasts three titles from his success at Chelsea. However, he is known for being quite a prickly character when it comes to the game. The Portuguese boss has applauded Alli’s attitude towards his recent decisions, but his generous comments could turn sour towards the club’s chairman if they continue to disagree.
Ultimately, Levy gets the final say, but he cannot change what goes on, on the pitch. With Alli only featuring twice in the Premier League this season, it doesn’t look like Mourinho is willing to budge on his decision.
If he is forced to reinstate the 24-year-old in the team against his will, Mourinho will rapidly lose his patience. But on the flip side, if the former Man United man stands firm on casting Alli aside, he could really get on the bad side of Levy. This is a situation that must be handled with care or it could turn dangerously explosive.