Rio Ferdinand may have a point about Dele Alli

Tottenham's Dele Alli and West Brom's Claudio Yacob

Rio Ferdinand has suggested that Dele Alli will eventually leave Tottenham Hotspur.

England's Dele Alli

Former Manchester United and Leeds United defender Rio Ferdinand made an interesting observation about Dele Alli on Thursday afternoon.

Ahead of the Euro 2016 game between England and Wales, Ferdinand spoke highly of the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder.

The former England international centre-back suggested that the 20-year-old is too good for Spurs, and that he would move on to a bigger club.

"This guy is destined for bigger and better things,” The Mirror quoted Ferdinand as saying about Alli.

"No disrespect to Spurs, but I think he's going to go on and play for a huge, huge, club,” added the former West Ham United star.

England's Dele Alli during training

Tottenham fans will certainly not be happy with Ferdinand’s comments about Alli, but it is hard to ignore them.

Spurs are a huge club and finished in the top four of the Premier League last season, but there are bigger and richer clubs out there.

Manchester United, for example. Or Chelsea. Or Real Madrid. Barcelona. Bayern Munich.

Alli is enjoying his football at Spurs and is happy at the moment, but in three or four years’ time, one should not be surprised if he leaves White Hart Lane.

Tottenham's Dele Alli

The youngster did not start his professional club football career at Tottenham - he started at Milton Keynes Dons.

There is no reason for Alli to be loyal to Spurs, especially if Madrid or Barcelona come calling in the coming years.

Ferdinand himself started his career at a huge English club, West Ham, but it did not stop him from playing for Leeds United and Manchester United.

There is no reason for Spurs fans to be worried about losing Alli right now, but can one really be optimistic that he will stay at White Hart Lane if a bigger and more historic club come calling in the next three or four years?

England's Dele Alli during training

Tottenham have proved in the past that they will let players go for 'bigger and better things', as in the case of Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.

The onus is on them to prove that they can keep their latest star, and Ferdinand's point may be a throwaway passing judgement, but it reflects that Spurs have to change their perception - starting with winning trophies - and become a 'top club' themselves.

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