Dele Alli is looking forward to getting started at Bestikas and has praised the club for its ‘amazing passion’, following confirmation of his loan move from Everton.
The central midfielder joined Everton in January after falling down the pecking order at Tottenham. He signed effectively on a free transfer, though the deal included several big add-on clauses.
Everton are due to pay Tottenham £10million once Dele plays 20 times for them. Other potential bonuses could take the deal to £40m in total, reports claim.
But the Toffees are wary of this and have taken steps to avoid paying such a large fee. Firstly, Frank Lampard has barely played the Englishman.
He only made 11 Premier League appearances in the second half of last season and has largely been kept on the bench this term.
Lampard doesn’t see any benefit to having Dele in his squad and has resultantly sanctioned a temporary move.
Earlier on Thursday, Everton announced Dele had left Goodison Park on loan. He will look to get his career back up and running at Besiktas.
Reports in Turkey have previously called it the ‘transfer of the year’ for the Super Lig.
Some details of the move have emerged. Besiktas have the option to to sign Dele permanently, if he impresses.
This will cost the Turkish club £6m until January, or £8m if they wait until summer 2023. In the mean time, Besiktas have sent Everton a £1.86m loan fee.
Dele has largely kept quiet on the transfer negotiations. Lampard, though, said on Wednesday that discussions were ‘very advanced’.
Dele Alli ‘excited’ for new challenge
The player has now spoken about his switch for the first time. He lauded Bestikas for the ‘amazing passion’ they are displaying.
“It’s my first time playing for a club abroad but since I arrived, the feeling has been amazing. The passion I can already feel around the place is amazing,” he said (via Liverpool Echo).
“I’m excited to get started and get going, it’s a new challenge for me and one that I’m looking forward to.
“I spoke to a couple of the players before coming here, I spoke to the manager as well and it’s only been positive things said so far. I’m happy to be here and the energy from the fans when I arrived was amazing.”
Dele will wear the number 11 shirt at Vodafone Park. “I’ve had a few different numbers (in my career) but let’s see what number 11 brings,” he added. “There was a few options, but first was going to be 10 and then 20, then 11.
Player thanks Besiktas supporters
“I want to thank the fans for their support so far, I’m going to repay them and fight for them every minute I’m on the pitch. In training I’m going to work hard and hopefully I can entertain and bring a lot of success.”
Dele really needs to work hard and impress while in Turkey. He doesn’t appear to have any future at Everton and this means a permanent switch to Besiktas is his best option.
It has been a big fall for the 26-year-old in recent years. He was once one of the best youngsters in Europe, while he also notched 18 Premier League goals in 2016/17.
But Dele Alli has failed to get the backing of multiple Spurs managers over the past few seasons. Everton boss Lampard can now be added to that list, too.