Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli's was once again dropped by head coach Jose Mourinho from the squad who recorded a 5-2 win at Southampton.
There is likely to be a reluctance to sell Alli on a permanent basis from chairman Daniel Levy particularly for a player who not long ago was valued in the region of £100million.
On whether he wanted to keep the 24-year-old, Mourinho said on Sunday: ”I want a balanced squad. That's what I want. Can he still be in a balanced squad? Yes.
”Does he need to be sacrificed? No. But a squad is a puzzle.”
And on whether Alli could be sold, Mourinho, who said the midfielder could play against Leyton Orient in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, added: ”I left eight players behind, they stayed training this morning because they are a big group and Dele is among these players.
”You could see our team, I cannot start with all of them and I cannot have a bench without defenders or midfielders.
”Everything is a puzzle so, in these two matches Dele stayed out, probably Tuesday he will play and others will stay out.”
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