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Alli: Staying grounded

18 February 2014

It’s been a whirlwind past 12 months for Dele Alli but the young midfielder is looking to keep both feet firmly on the ground.

Alli, 17, has made 22 appearances for MK Dons since signing a three-year professional deal in July and has firmly established himself as an important member of Karl Robinson’s first-team.

But the England youth international, who doesn’t turn 18 until April, is keen to stay grounded and help his team pick up more crucial points between now and the end of the season.

Speaking to tonight’s edition of reddot, Alli said: “I thought I had a good pre-season in the summer but I didn’t expect to go straight in to the side and I certainly wasn’t expecting to play as much as I have done.

“I do feel like a first-team player now and that transition has happened relatively quickly, which is largely down to the boys who have helped me fit in really well. 

“I’m keeping my feet on the ground, though, because I know I can still improve.  The manager has played a key role in that. He’s not afraid to play the younger players but I know that while I’m this age I can’t be expected to play every game and when he leaves me out of the team he’ll always speak to me and explain why.”

Read more from Alli in this evening’s edition of the reddot, which is priced at £3 and available to buy from sellers around stadiummk.

Tonight’s reddot also includes all your favourite pages including notes from the Chairman, Karl Robinson and Dean Lewington; Bootroom and What’s the Score with Daniel Powell.

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