Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has revealed that he will play with the name ‘Dele’ on the back of his shirt for Spurs this season, a change from the ‘Alli’ adorning his kits for the majority of his career.
In quotes put out by the club, the 20-year-old revealed: “I wanted a name on my shirt that represented who I am and I feel I have no connection with the Alli surname. This is not a decision I have taken without a lot of thought and discussion with family close to me.”
The England international’s mother revealed to the Sun earlier this year that she gave her son up for adoption when he was younger, believing that her personal issues would prevent him from achieving the life she wanted for him.
The club also announced that, as a gesture of goodwill, Alli would sign any 2016/17 Tottenham shirt which had been printed with ‘Alli’ before the switch to ‘Dele’, posting instructions for the process on their website.