Dele Alli has committed his long term future to Tottenham Hotspur by signing a six-year contract extension that will keep him at White Hart Lane till 2022.
The London club issued a statement on their official website, which read: “We are delighted to announce that Dele Alli has signed a new contract with the Club which will run until 2022.”
The midfielder has had an incredible rise to fame since signing for the club little over a year ago. A relatively unknown teenager at MK Dons, he announced himself to the football world with a jaw dropping performance in a stunning 4-0 victory over Manchester United.
Things only got better from there. The youngster signed for Tottenham in the summer of 2015 and became an instant hit at the club, establishing himself as a first-team regular. His stunning form saw him receive his first call up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad and booked him a place in the Three Lions’ squad for Euro 2016.
He was also crucial to Spurs’ title challenge, which dragged on to the final two games of the season, when their 2-2 draw with fierce rivals Chelsea confirmed Leicester City as the new Premier League champions.
The youngster ended the season with several gongs on a personal level though, winning the PFA Young Player of the year and a place in the PFA Team of the year, while also winning Goal of the Season award for his sensational volley against Crystal Palace.
Alli still remembers his first Premier League start against Sunderland, and reflected fondly on the game at the Stadium of Light on signing a new contract with Spurs.
“I remember that game at Sunderland, I didn’t expect to play as quickly as I did and make an impact in the team,” said Dele. “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.
“I’m happy to be at this Club and I can’t thank the manager and all the staff enough for everything they’ve done for me, and the fans, they’ve been right behind me since I signed. Hopefully there are a lot of good times to come.
“It was a crazy year and it still feels like a dream,” he added. “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.”
Despite still being only 20, the Englishman believes that he has grown up quite a lot since his days at MK Dons – or at least he has tried to.
“I’ve grown up!” he smiled. “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.
“It’s 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.”