Why I almost retired from football at 24 – Dele Alli

Why I almost retired from football at 24 – Dele Alli

Dele Alli, a midfielder for Everton, has revealed how he nearly retired football at the age of 24.

Alli was a part of Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur team as at then.

The 27-year-old had a falling out with Mourinho, who benched him and called him “lazy” during his time at Spurs.

The Amazon All or Nothing documentary about Tottenham’s 2019–2020 season included footage of the heated training ground argument between Alli and Mourinho.

Alli has since disclosed in an interview with Gary Neville on The Overlap that he entered treatment this summer for six weeks after developing a sleeping drug addiction.

He told Neville: “Probably the saddest moment for me was when Mourinho was manager, I think I was 24.

“I remember just looking in the mirror – I mean it sounds dramatic but I was literally staring in the mirror – and I was asking if I could retire now, at 24, doing the thing I love.

“For me, that was heartbreaking to even have had that thought at 24, to want to retire.”

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