Karl Robinson says Dele Alli move to Tottenham was ‘amazing deal’ for MK Dons

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Tottenham signed Dele Alli from MK Dons in January for £5 million.

Karl Robinson has told OneMK that the £5 million Tottenham paid for Dele Alli was an ‘amazing deal’ for MK Dons.

The 19-year-old was snapped up by Spurs last January ahead of a number of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool and Chelsea, before seeing out the rest of the season on loan with the Dons.

Alli has since gone from strength to strength after earning a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team squad for the current season, fighting off competition from a number of quality midfielders to establish a dynamic partnership with fellow youngster Eric Dier.

Alli has also become a regular face in Roy Hodgson’s England squad, earning four international caps and putting himself in pole position for a place in midfield ahead of the European Championship finals next summer.

The £5m Tottenham paid to sign the teenage star now looks like a bargain, with some questioning why the Dons failed to hold out for a higher price.

However, Robinson believes that at the time his side secured a great deal for Alli, telling OneMK: “He could have gone for £2.5m six months earlier. We felt we doubled our value of him and we thought we got an amazing deal.

“I think when you look at it, £5m at that particular time was a lot of money. Nobody can argue with that – I think it was a very good fee.

“Five months on, we’re all here biting our tongues and lips now – sat here now, they got the best deal.

“But it is easy to now say ‘do you think you sold him too cheap’, but at that particular time we didn’t.

“Alli was only 18 at the time when he was actually sold, and to be loaned back as well means I think it was a great deal for us.”

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