Dele Alli reveals personal reason for Tottenham shirt change

Dele Alli has explained why he has opted to change the name on the back of his Tottenham shirt

Dele Alli has revealed that he has opted to change the name on his match shirt from ‘Alli’ to ‘Dele’, due to feeling “no connection” to the Alli surname.

Tottenham confirmed on their website ahead of the return of the Premier League that Tottenham explained on their website that the 20-year-old had elected to have the name ‘Dele’ displayed on the reverse of his match shirts.

Alli told Tottenham’s website: “I wanted a name on my shirt that represented who I am and I feel I have no connection with the Alli surname.

“This is not a decision I have taken without a lot of thought and discussion with family close to me.”

Alli was one of the standout young players in the Premier League last season and was one of the driving forces behind Spurs’ impressive title challenge.

Back in January, Alli’s mother Denise told The Sun on Sunday that she gave her son away to another family when he was aged 13 while she battled alcoholism.

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Alli scored 10 Premier League goals and made nine assists last season after having joined the club back in February 2015.

The Lilywhites ended up third in the Premier League table, behind champions Leicester and bitter local rivals Arsenal.

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