Dean Lewington heaps praise on 'special' Dele Alli after completing Tottenham transfer

MK Dons

MK Dons captain Dean Lewington has praised team mate Dele Alli after the teenager completed a move to Tottenham.

After weeks of transfer speculation, the future of MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli was settled on deadline day, with the teenager penning a five-and-a-half year contract with Tottenham Hotspur.

Alli, 18, had been linked with moves to Aston Villa and Newcastle United, but plumped for Tottenham Hotspur late on the final day of the transfer window.

The England Under-19 international has become one of the finest players in the Football League in recent years, having established himself as a key part of Karl Robinson's team in Milton Keynes.

Now considered as one of the rising stars of English football, Alli will be aiming to develop at Spurs, but will spend the rest of this season back at MK Dons on loan.

Team mate and club captain Dean Lewington is one of the most experienced players in the MK Dons side, and has watched Alli grow in recent years.

Lewington spoke to the Football League Show before Saturday's game against Bristol City, and heaped praise on Alli for his performances since coming into the first team at stadiummk.

"When you're training with the first team at 14, 15...you know that he's a little bit special," said Lewington. "It took a while for him to develop. As young kids do, he had a good couple of games then a bad game, a good couple of games...the gaffer stuck with him and the last 14, 15 months, he's been outstanding."

With the development of young players such as Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and of course Harry Kane at Tottenham this season, Alli could be joining the perfect boss in Mauricio Pochettino.

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