Jan Vertonghen talks up Tottenham Hotspur starlet Dele Alli - but admits not knowing who he was

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The England international put in another eye-catching performance last night.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has heaped praise on young star Dele Alli but admitted he hadn’t heard of the 19-year old before his arrival at White Hart Lane.

Alli put in a Man of the Match performance as Spurs comfortably overcame a poor Aston Villa side last night, despite a mini-fightback late on.

Goals from Mousa Dembele, Alli and Harry Kane made the difference for Mauricio Pochettino’s team and Vertonghen made sure to praise the former MK Dons man in his post-match interview.

“He’s a very good player but to be honest before he came I didn’t know him,” said the Belgian, in an interview with Sky Sports.

Alli laughed at the defender’s admission, after which he quickly sort to explain himself.

“No, nothing bad – I don’t know anything about the lower leagues.

“You think I mean this in a bad way but this guy has impressed everyone from the first day we met – since the first training session he’s been unbelievable.

“I think he has a great future and I hope he stays with us for a very long time.”

Alli will soon start to attract the interest of the game’s biggest clubs, should he continue to progress at his current rate, and his £5 million capture already seems like a steal on Tottenham’s part.

The energetic midfielder is part of a hugely promising bunch of players at Spurs and there seems to be few better managers under which to ply your trade as a young player than Pochettino at present – meaning a lengthy stay at White Hart Lane should be on the cards.

You can hear Vertonghen and Alli's post-match interview below:

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