Mauricio Pochettino responds angrily to Brendan Rodgers' claim about Dele Alli

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Mauricio Pochettino isn't interested in what Brendan Rodgers has to say about Dele Alli.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has told the Daily Mirror that it doesn't matter what Brendan Rodgers has to say about Dele Alli and his alleged desire to join Liverpool.

Alli, 19, has been one of the most impressive players in the Premier League this season, and has enjoyed a meteoric rise to stardom this term.

Spurs snapped Alli up almost a year ago but let him go back to MK Dons on loan for the rest of the campaign, before he moved to White Hart Lane to start his Tottenham career last summer.

Midfielder Alli came in with a reputation as one of England's finest young prospects, but few could have expected him to have taken the Premier League by storm like he has.

Saturday's goal against Crystal Palace was not only his sixth of the season, but arguably his best; chesting the ball down 25 yards and flicking the ball over Mile Jedinak's head, before turning and volleying into the net to put Spurs in front.

Now almost a guaranteed call-up for England at Euro 2016, Alli is the talk of the Premier League - and former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers made claims about the midfielder earlier this month.

Rodgers told Sky Sports that Alli wanted to join Liverpool last year, but couldn't get the deal over the line, allowing Spurs to swoop in at the last minute and sign him instead.

Now, Pochettino has been asked about the comments, and has told The Mirror that Rodgers' claims don't matter as Alli is a Tottenham player now - and compared the situation to how his former club Espanyol almost signed Lionel Messi from Barcelona.

"Do you know how many players in football are close to signing for many clubs? It's only one comment from some manager," said Pochettino. "Dele Ali now is here. We were close at Espanyol to signing Lionel Messi – a centimetre. Unbelievable but this was true."

"Messi was 17, playing for U18s and very close to signing for Espanyol. It was close but it never happened. In football it's always 'if, if, if' but in football it's about reality. It's not about maybe what could have happened," he added.

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