Jose Mourinho has revealed he has held positive talks with Dele Alli over his future and has opened the door for the midfielder to return to the Tottenham team once he is fit again.
Dele was denied a deadline-day move to Paris Saint-Germain despite his desire to link up with former manager Mauricio Pochettino in the French capital.
Spurs did not to allow Dele to join the Ligue 1 club on loan despite the 24-year-old being frozen out by Mourinho.
Dele, who has not started a Premier League game since the opening day of the season, is currently out injured and Mourinho has revealed the pair had a positive meeting on Tuesday.
Asked if Dele now needs to knuckle down, Mourinho said: “He needs to recover form his injury, return to training and have a fresh start. Because last week he couldn't even train – so that's the most important thing.
â¨“I had a good conversation with him yesterday, we spoke about this question you asked me and we found very common ground, let's say.â¨“It's an important period of the season for the team and him, also. We need him. We need a good Dele Alli and we're just waiting for him to be back to normality and training with the team.
“It's not just Dele. It's Dele, [Harry] Kane, Gio Lo Celso. And without all three we miss a little bit of creation and magic in the attacking areas. So we need him back and I made that sure to him.â¨ A conversation doesn't make miracles, put a player in great form without limitations on fitness. But I believe the conversation was the extra motivation he needed to be back asap and be available for the team.
â¨“We play Europa League very soon and playing a couple of Premier League matches a week. We have the FA Cup – I don't believe he'll be on time for that one. So we need a good Dele back and when he's physically ready he'll be in a good place mentally to go for it.”