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Zidane Refuses to Sign Dele Alli Because of 2017 Comments

Zidane Refuses to Sign Dele Alli 

Real Madrid’s mercurial manager, Zinedine Zidane, has declined to acquire Dele Alli on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur because of comments he made back in 2017.

Tottenham Hotspur, who are about to sign Sergio Reguilon permanently, and get Gareth Bale on a season-long loan from Real Madrid, have been discussing swap deals with Madrid.

Nigerian Sketch scooped that an aspect of the discussions proposes that Dele Alli joins Madrid on a season-long loan, an option that Zidane was reported to have rejected outrightly.

Zidane Refuses to Sign Dele Alli only because of comments made by the player as far back as 2017.

Zidane was said to have rejected Alli because of comments the Englishman made back in 2017. Zidane was not Madrid’s manager in 2017 when Alli made the comment in question.

A Spanish publication, AS, said Zidane vetoed the move after he was left furious by Alli’s comments in 2017 that he ‘should’ve scored a hat-trick’ in Spurs’ 3-1 win over Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.

Alli scored in the group-stage win for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, which saw Tottenham beat Madrid at Wembley. After the match, Alli insisted that he should have had three goals to his name, saying:

“I’m disappointed I didn’t get the hat-trick to be honest. I had an easy chance at the end from a great ball in by Kieran [Trippier].”

Zidane was said to have resented Alli’s comments, claiming his brace was not that impressive, with one of the goals deemed offside and the other a deflection.

Do you think Zidane rejecting Dele Alli based on a 2017 comment was unsportsmanly?

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