Tottenham Hotspur tweeted the latest news about Dele Alli on Friday, writing: ‘@Dele_Alli will retain number 20 but for personal reasons has elected to have the name ‘DELE’ displayed on the reverse of his match shirts.’
Citing personal reasons for the change on his jersey, the Tottenham midfielder who previously wore ‘Alli’ above his No 20 said, “I wanted a name on my shirt that represented who I am and I feel I have no connection with the Alli surname.”
Born to a Nigerian father Kehinde Alli(pictured above together), and English mother Denise, Dele Alli’s parents split within a week after their wedding, before he was born in 1996.
“I had to let him go to give him a better future. Emotionally, it was heartbreaking but it was the right thing to do. I had a serious drink problem triggered by my unhappy childhood. I was hooked on vodka, beer — anything — for a few years,” Denise told The Sun.
Meanwhile, Paul Pogba is suspended for Manchester United first match in this season campaign against Bournemouth on Sunday.
Pogba’s name appeared on a list of four players tweeted out by the FA as suspended for this weekend’s fixtures, including Chris Smalling.
The suspension relates to two yellow cards he got last season in the Coppa Italia and the other in his last match for Juventus.
“I don’t speak about him [Pogba]. He is suspended. I don’t speak about the ones that are not ready to play… But I didn’t know at that time if an accumulation of yellows would bring a player to suspension, or that one in Italian football would be one for the corresponding competition in England which would be an FA Cup match. I found out two days ago,” Mourinho said at a press conference on Friday ahead of Man U and Bournemouth match.
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Reports say Pogba’s suspension relates to Article 12 of FIFA’s Regulations for the Status and Transfer of Players. Players who had faced such ban include Xherdan Shaqiri after his move to Stoke from Italy last year, and Joey Barton serving the remaining games of a ban after his loan switch to Marseille in QPR in 2012.