As well as a top footballer, Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli comes across as a level-headed and likeable young man.
The 20-year-old can often be seen smiling and joking, he speaks well in interviews and is currently taking everything in his stride.
So the guys at Copa90 did well to get 10 minutes with the England international, who played FIFA 16 against the YouTube channel’s presenters while discussing his meteoric rise to stardom.
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During the interview, Alli revealed that he would rather retire than play for Tottenham’s fierce local rivals Arsenal.
And towards the end of the interview, there was an amusing moment when one of the show’s presenters attempted to touch the midfielder with his Arsenal shirt. (Scroll down this page to see Alli’s comical reaction).
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Video: Dele Alli's comical reaction
Alli gently pushed away the presenter before saying: “Don’t touch me with that, I’ll get a rash!”
Alli is blessed with immense talent
The youngster made it crystal clear that he doesn’t like the Gunners and certainly won’t be signing for Arsene Wenger’s side in the future.
Which is bad news for the Gunners’ faithful - even if they aren’t prepared to admit it.
Alli was named in the PFA’s Premier League Team of the Year earlier this week - ahead of Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil - and is expected to win the PFA’s Young Player of the Year award ahead of Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Philippe Coutinho and Ross Barkley.
Some bookmakers have him down as 1/10 on to claim the prestigious individual accolade during this weekend’s awards ceremony.
Alli will be going to Euro 2016 with England
Interest in Alli from the world’s top clubs will intensify if he shines at this summer’s European Championships with England in France.
The former MK Dons’ star is guaranteed - barring an untimely injury - to be part of Roy Hodgson’s 23-man squad following his impressive recent performances for both club and country.
However, Alli appears to be more than happy at White Hart Lane, where he will be playing Champions League football next season.
The player Sir Alex Ferguson recently described as the best young midfielder he has seen since Paul Gascoigne signed a new five-year deal with Spurs in January and it’s hard to imagine the north London outfit listening to any offers.
Pochettino: Alli can handle the hype
“I am not worried about the hype,” Pochettino said of Alli last month, per the Guardian. “You can see during the whole season how he has managed the pressure. He is very calm and very mature. He has managed the pressure and the popularity of being a senior player [at Tottenham] and playing for the national team.
“There is always a question mark when they are young. You can assess how is his left foot, how is his right foot, how is his performance on the pitch and in training. But how a young player can be affected by the big things that happen in football, to be a senior player, a player for the national team – this is always a question mark.
“You are always aware of it and you are behind him to try to support him. But I think it has surprised us how he’s shown maturity. He’s very calm and quiet after all that has happened to him and how his life has changed this season.”
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