Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli has reflected on what he has called a ‘crazy’ year after signing a new contract.
Alli signed for the North London club from MK Dons in February 2015 for just £5m, and in his first season he scored 10 goals, won the PFA Young Player of the Year award and earned a place in the PFA Team of the Year.
He has signed a new six-year deal with Spurs, doubling his wages in the process.
Looking back on the past year-and-a-half, which also included a spot in England’s Euro 2016 squad, Alli told Tottenham’s official website:
“It’s happened so quickly, starting at Tottenham, playing for England… it’s been a crazy year for me and there are so many people I have to thank.
“It was a crazy year and it still feels like a dream. I have to keep trying to improve, I can’t get carried away, I have to keep trying to make each year better than the last. This will be a tough year to top but hopefully I can do it.
“I’ve grown up! Well, I’ve tried to grow up! I’ve got great people around me to help keep my feet on the ground and I’ll keep working hard on my football and keep trying to improve.
“[The attention] is a bit surreal but I’m the same kid as I always have been, nothing has changed for me off the pitch, I’m still the same person and thankfully, like I said before, I’ve got great support around me.
“The hard work isn’t going to stop here. I have to keep working hard and keep fighting for my place in this team.”
He added on Twitter: ‘Delighted to sign a new deal with this amazing club, thank you to all the fans for your support so far #COYS’
Since the start of last season, Alli has scored or assisted more goals, 20, than any other U21 player in Europe’s main five leagues. He is a vital cog in the Spurs machine.
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75