Tottenham Hotspur Coach, Jose Mourinho has claimed that legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson wanted him to sign Dele Alli for Manchester United but admits that the midfielder is a lazy trainer.
In one of the first three episodes of the Amazon Prime Video documentary All or Nothing airing next Monday, a preview was shown where Mourinho made the confession to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy about Alli.
He said: “I told already Dele very directly that he doesn’t train well, he is not a good trainer. I am not saying a disaster but I am not saying Harry Kane, Harry Kane is a very good trainer.
“Sir Alex Ferguson gave me only one bit of advice in two and a half years (at Manchester United): Buy Dele Alli. That guy, with that mentality, the way he plays, the aggression he has in mind. This guy is the Manchester United player. Buy Dele Alli’.
“And he (Ferguson) has an eye for a player. But he (Alli) is not a good trainer, we need to find motivation for the guy.”
During Mourinho’s first training session at Tottenham, he went up to Alli and said: “F***ing lazy. I am going to be a pain in the ass for you. And you are lucky because when I am a pain in the ass it means I like you. Training, I understood already that you are a f***ing lazy guy in training. I don’t need more days. Lazy.
“What I want to tell you is this, I think you feel that I like you. I like you as a player and I like you as a kid, I think you are a nice kid. I don’t want to be your father because you have your father, I don’t want to be your uncle or brother, I just want to be your coach but with a good connection.
“So I have to tell you always what I think. Inside of you maybe you tell me to f*** off but I have to tell you what I think. For me, since the beginning I have no doubts about your potential. I saw you do incredible matches and things. But I always felt that you had ups and downs.
“There is a huge difference between a player that keeps consistency and a player that has moments. And that is what makes the difference between a top, top player and a player that has potential.
“Why you have in your career these ups and downs, I don’t know. I don’t know if it is to do with your lifestyle, in one period you are an amazing professional and in another period you become a party boy.
“I don’t know, I have no idea, only you can know that. I am 56 now and yesterday, I was 20. Time flies. Time flies. I think one day I think you will regret if you don’t reach what you can reach.
“I am not expecting you to be the man of the match every game, I am not expecting you to score goals every game, I am just telling you that you will regret. You should demand more from you, not me demanding more from you. Not me, nobody. You, I think you should demand more from you.”