The 20-year-old attacking midfielder, signed from MK Dons in February 2015, has been a revelation in north London since making his Spurs debut in August last year, helping the club mount a genuine challenge for the Premier League title and being selected for England’s Euro 2016 squad.
Speaking in an interview with the club’s website after they announced his new deal on Monday, Alli indicated he is still coming to terms with his meteoric rise in the game.
“I can’t think of anywhere better with the fans, the manager, the team.” @Dele_Alli after signing a new contract…
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 19, 2016
“I remember when I was young and I wasn’t playing football and I was looking up to the footballers and looking on the websites and seeing what they were doing,” he said.
“I’m still the same kid as I always have been and nothing’s changed for me off the pitch – I’m still the same person.
“I’m happy to be here and playing at Tottenham. Personally, I can’t think of anywhere better with the fans, the manager we’ve got here and the young team – it’s a great place to be.”
Alli, who netted 10 goals in 33 Premier League appearances last season, has already hit the back of the net once from five league appearances so far this term.