|Tottenham's Dele Alli has said he would rather retire from football than play for north London rivals Arsenal|
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has said that he would rather retire from football than play for north London rivals Arsenal. The 20-year-old has made a huge impact in his debut Premier League campaign as Spurs have mounted an impressive title challenge.
He has established himself as a key figure within Mauricio Pochettino's team, contributing eight goals and 11 assists in 44 appearances in all competitions.
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Alli's performances have seen him shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year award and helped put his side in pole position to finish above their arch-rivals for the first time since 1995. They sit six points clear of the Gunners, having played one more, leaving them just five games away from ending the 21-year wait.
And the England international has revealed there is no love lost when it comes to his feelings towards Arsene Wenger's men. When asked by Copa90 if he would do if he was given the choice of playing for Arsenal or ending his professional careeer, the former MK Dons could not have been more dismissive.
'I'm hanging my boots up,' he replied in response to the proposition of such a scenario, endearing himself ever more to the White Hart Lane faithful.
The move between the two clubs is one few players have ever dared to make, the most notable being former Spurs captain Sol Campbell's shocking switch from white to red in 2001.