Dele Alli has dealt the Premier League quintet of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool a transfer blow, with speculation suggesting that the talented MK Dons youngster was set to imminently extend his contract in Buckinghamshire now confirmed by the club.
According to the earlier reports that came courtesy of The Sun, all five of those aforementioned English giants are interested in Alli who was expected to extend his stay at Stadium MK until 2017.
Such an extension has now been officially announced by the club, with the fresh three-year deal presumably allowing the 18-year-old to net a higher salary as a reward for his fine form in League One.
Having successfully made the transition from the youth team at Milton Keynes, Alli has developed a successful reputation as one of the Football League's most coveted and desirable young talents.
The versatile midfielder - somewhat prematurely dubbed 'the English Messi' in certain sections of the press - has been key to the Dons' positive start to the new campaign, with three goals in seven league appearances for Karl Robinson's side - only strikers Benik Afobe and Will Grigg have notched more for the promotion hopefuls.
Alli's decision to commit his future to the club will surely have come as a great source of encouragement to Robinson and the MK Dons hierarchy.
Not only does it suggest that the £5 million-rated player is keen to continue to help the team progress towards their goal of becoming an established second-tier side, it also should ensure that MK are able to demand significant financial compensation in the event that he does decide to move on to pastures new.
The right choice
For Alli's Premier League suitors, news of this new contract will come as a disappointment in the short-term, although one would imagine that if the England U19 international keeps performing at his current level then it will not be long before he does make the step up to the Premier League.
In my view, Alli has taken the correct decision for his career. While the top-flight does inevitably await, he has evidently benefitted hugely from consistent exposure to first-team football under Robinson and it is of vital importance that he does not risk jeopardising his fledgling career by moving on too soon.
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