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Mourinho claims Alex Ferguson advised him to buy Alli as United boss

– Jose Mourinho has revealed the piece of advise that was handed to him by Alex Ferguson

– The Portuguese gaffer claimed he was urged to sign Dele Alli while he was Man United manager

– The current Tottenham boss is now coach to the England midfielder has returned to form

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson persuaded him to sign Tottenham star Dele Alli while he was Man United boss.

The Special One won three trophies during his two and half year spell at Old Trafford including the Community Shield, Europa League and the EFL Cup.

Mourinho who started his stint with the Reds Devils in 2016 was sacked in December 2018 before replacing Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs boss the following year.

Jose Mourinho claims Alex Ferguson advised him to buy Alli as United boss

Jose Mourinho claims Alex Ferguson advised him to buy Alli as United boss. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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“Sir Alex Ferguson gave me only one advice in two and a half years [at United]: buy Dele Alli,” Mourinho said in Amazon’s All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur documentary. “But he’s not a good trainer and we need to find the right motivation for the guy.”

Alli’s move to the Manchester club never materialized but Mourinho made 11 signings during his spell at the club including Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.

Sanchez and Lukaku have now become Inter Milan players while Pogba has committed his future to United recently.

But with Mourinho now at Tottenham, he has been managing Alli whose form was poor before his arrival and after a few games the Englishman lived up to the billing.

Alli scored eight goals and provided four assists in 25 appearances at the just concluded season as Tottenham finished in sixth place.

“F*cking lazy,” Mourinho reportedly told Alli on his first day. “I am going to be a pain in the a** for you, and you are lucky because when I am a pain in the a**, it’s a good thing.

“I don’t know if it has to be to your lifestyle. If you want periods [when] you are an amazing professional, if in another period, you become a party boy. I have no idea. Only you can know that. Time flies and one day you will regret if you don’t reach what you can reach.”

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Joe Hart has completed a move to north London club Tottenham and the Premier League side have confirmed it on their social media page.

The England international goalkeeper’s deal with Spurs is understood to be a two-year deal worth £27,500-a-week before bonuses.

The former Man City shot-stopper became a free agent after his brief spell with another English top division club Burnley.

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