Xavi denies speaking to The Sun over Dele Alli ‘exclusive’

Date published: Wednesday 26th April 2017 12:39 - James Marshment

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Xavi has denied that he spoke to The Sun claiming Manchester City were prepared to break the bank to sign Tottenham’s Dele Alli this summer.

Quotes emerged on Tuesday suggesting the Barcelona legend had been told that Pep Guardiola would be interested in signing him and would make him their top target this summer.

“I speak with Pep, and I know he thinks it is important to sign English players,” Xavi was alleged to have said in an exclusive with the paper.

“At the moment the best English player there is and also one of the best in Europe is Dele Alli. We are looking at a very special player.

“Technically he is the sort of player that Pep likes, the sort of player that suits the style of game that Pep likes his teams to play.”

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino responded to the reported quotes on Wednesday, joking that Xavi was his “enemy”, but the midfielder has denied ever giving the interview.

Xavi, however, told Spanish newspaper Sport that he “never” spoke to the publication, and “neither” has he ever publicly discussed Alli.

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