Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Dele Alli: 'Mauricio Pochettino didn't like me at first'

Dele Alli: 'Mauricio Pochettino didn't like me at first'

Mauricio Pochettino has described Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola as being "disrespectful" after he recently appeared to suggest that Tottenham were a one man team. "I have always said to him that I want him to be a partner, that when he signed a contract for five years - which was a massive commitment for the club - it was on the basis that we were really going to commit to each other".

"I think last season, the guy who appreciated the way they play the most was me", he said.

Pochettino explained that, while he personally didn't take the remark badly, plenty of people connected with his club did.

"I know Pep. When he's excited after an fantastic win he struggles to keep his position and be a gentleman", Pochettino said.

Tottenham ace Dele Alli is set to rebuff a move to fellow Premier League rivals Manchester City, according to a report.

"It is hard to understand because he (Guardiola) was part of the big success in Barcelona when it was Messi in his best".

He said in a book focusing on Tottenham's title challenge in 2016-17, which is being serialised by the Daily Mail: "If I were to be an worldwide manager one day, I'd relish the opportunity to coach the England national team".

Spanish outlet Don Balon reports that City boss Pep Guardiola is a huge admirer of the 21-year-old and he was looking to add him to his first-team squad.

Pochettino, whose team are third in the table and take on Bournemouth at Wembley on Saturday, said Guardiola had not yet apologised. "For me Harry Kane is one of the best strikers - (the comment) has not changed anything for me. I know very well that Tottenham is not Harry Kane alone".

Alli has featured nine times for Tottenham in all competitions so far this season, playing a part in four goals overall.

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