Dele Alli and Jose Mourinho had a personal meeting on Tuesday night that could eventually see the return of the Tottenham Hotspur man to first team duty.
It is understood that Alli, who has not started a Premier League game since the season opener, spoke to Mourinho in a meeting aimed primarily at checking in on the welfare of a player who has found himself almost totally out the first team reckoning since Christmas.
Mourinho’s relationship with Alli remains very amicable and there is now the possibility that he could return to the first team squad although that is not likely to be in time for Thursday’s big home league game against Chelsea. Despite the recent Amazon Prime documentary on Spurs’ 2019-2020 season framing the pair’s relationship as prickly, Mourinho is eager to see the player’s career develop.
Now that the uncertainty over Alli’s future has been resolved to some extent until the end of the season at least, Mourinho would like him back in the reckoning. There is belief that a place can be found in the side for Alli even with the emergence of Tanguy Ndombele as a key creative force.
Alli will take some time off and then return for training ahead of Sunday’s home game against West Bromwich Albion. The 24-year-old was deeply unhappy that a loan move to Paris Saint-Germain was blocked in the January transfer window by chairman Daniel Levy.
Alli has not played for Tottenham since the FA Cup third round tie with eighth-tier Marine last month. The club say that he has been recuperating from a calf injury. He was not in training in the last few days of the window in anticipation of a deal being struck with PSG. Injuries to Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Kane have meant that Levy was reluctant to let Alli leave without a replacement being found, of which there was none.