Scouts from Premiership clubs were at MK Dons' first game of the season at Shrewsbury to watch the Dons' academy product Dele Alli.
Dele has followed in the footsteps of such players as Sam Baldock and Adam Chicksen coming through the MK academy to play in the first team, and now has the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool watching him. Both Baldock and Chicksen left the League One club for Championship football with Baldock going to West Ham in 2011 and Chicksen opting for the playoff semi-finalists Brighton earlier this year.
Dele Alli is already showing promise and was arguably the man of the match for the Dons' away at local rival Northampton Town in the cup. He is considered to be the best player yet to come out of the Dons' impressive academy. Premier League giants Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool are all reportedly interested in signing the 17-year old midfielder. But Alli's current manager, Karl Robinson, has confirmed his desire to keep the youngster at the club.
"Dele’s not for sale in my opinion." said Robinson.
"The boy's worth millions but I don’t want to sell him and the chairman doesn’t want to sell him either. There will be a day where we’ll have to and he’s destined to play for a great club but he’s only doing what he’s doing because he’s playing regularly in the first team at the moment."
The £5m price tag has been mentioned, with the club who eventually buys Alli loaning him back to the Dons for the 2013/14 League One campaign but no bids have been made as of yet despite the interest from Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Alli made his debut in the first round of last season's FA Cup, coming on as a substitute away to Cambridge City, before making his second appearence in the replay at Stadium:MK and scoring his first professional goal in the process.
Robinson has gathered a team full of youth, and the academy product is sure to be in Robinson's plans for the coming season.
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