Dele Alli's former boss says three big teams said the Tottenham Hotspur star wasn't good enough to sign

The midfielder has become one of the breakout stars of the current season.

There is no doubting the fact that Dele Alli has been a revelation for Tottenham Hotspur this season. Spurs signed him from Milton Keynes Dons in January for a fee reported by the BBC to be worth around £5 million.

They sent the midfielder back on loan to the stadium:mk and he shone as the club pulled off a late surge to Premier League promotion.

He has progressed rapidly since. Alli is now a regular in the Tottenham starting XI and also a member of the England senior squad ahead of the European Championships in France next summer.

Prior to Tottenham signing the player several other big clubs were mentioned as having an interest in the player. The likes of Newcastle United, Arsenal and Liverpool were all linked with the player but it seems that a move to Tottenham has proved the best option for the talented midfielder.

Now his former boss at MK Dons has confirmed that three Premier League clubs missed out on the player, because they did not believe he was good enough - as reported by the Daily Mail:

"A lot of big teams missed out. Three teams said he wasn't good enough, only 12 months ago. They were saying he's only done it in League One, but that's where Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did it and Dele's record was better than all of them.

"League One is a tremendous breeding ground for young talent. If the Premier League clubs were brave enough to give chances to the young people they'd reap the rewards."

Alli will be hoping to add to his caps for England during the international break. His form for both club and country will certainly see plenty of teams twitching with embarrassment at not taking the chance on the player.

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