sport news Jose Mourinho insists Dele Alli still has a future at Tottenham despite being ...

Jose Mourinho says Dele Alli still has a future at Tottenham, despite being left out of the 5-2 win at Southampton.

Alli, who was substituted at half-time in last week's defeat to Everton, was not involved in the matchday squad at St Mary's Stadium, having also not travelled to Bulgaria for a Europa League qualifier on Thursday. 

Alli was training at the club's north London base while Son Heung-min scored four and Harry Kane added another in a romp on the south coast.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says midfielder Dele Alli still has a future at the club

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says midfielder Dele Alli still has a future at the club

Alli was substituted at half-time in last week's defeat to Everton and has not featured since

Alli was substituted at half-time in last week's defeat to Everton and has not featured since

Mourinho put Alli's absence down to an unbalanced squad, with the 24-year-old competing with Erik Lamela, Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura, Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso for a place in the team.

The Portuguese has hinted players will need to leave, but it does not necessarily have to be Alli, even though he declined the chance to say it outright.

'I want a balanced squad, that's what I want,' he said when asked whether he wanted Alli to stay. 'No he doesn't need to be sacrificed, but the squad is a puzzle.

'I'm not responsible for the market. I don't know how to answer your question in relation to that.

Mourinho put Alli's absence in their win at Southampton down to an unbalanced squad

Mourinho put Alli's absence in their win at Southampton down to an unbalanced squad

'The only thing I can say is that I left eight players behind. They stayed and trained this morning because they are a big group and Dele is amongst these players.

'You could see our team. I cannot start with all of them and I cannot have a bench without defenders or midfielders. In the same way the squad is a puzzle, the bench is also a little puzzle.

'So to have on the bench Toby (Alderweireld) and Serge (Aurier), and Moussa (Sissoko) and Gio, and Lamela, and Bergwijn.

'I cannot have on the bench four wingers or three wingers and a number 10, and then no defenders. Everything is a puzzle so in these matches that he stayed out, probably Tuesday he will play and others he will stay out.'

Spurs, who were disrupted by a fire alarm at their hotel at 4.45am, did not miss Alli as they produced a scintillating second-half display to earn their first Premier

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