Dele Alli has changed the name on the back of his jersey from “Alli” to his first name, “Dele”, but why has he done that? Does that mean he has disowned his father?
The 20-year old England international has previously worn his father’s surname “Alli” on the back of his jersey but ahead of the new Premier League season, he has revealed he will not go by his first name “Dele”, because he felt no connection with his father’s name.
“I wanted a name on my shirt that represented who I am and I feel I have no connection with the Alli surname,” the Spurs midfielder was quoted by the Daily Mail.
“This is not a decision I have taken without a lot of thought and discussion with family close to me.”
The former MK Dons midfielder was not raised by his biological parents, as his mother gave him up when he was 13, as she battled against alcoholism.
His dad, Kenny Alli, who is Nigerian and currently lives in the United States, split from his mother just a week into their wedding, which was shortly before the midfielder was born.
The player’s parents have both stated that they remain close to him.
Tottenham tweeted the news on Friday, writing: “@Dele_Alli will retain number 20 but for personal reasons has elected to have the name ‘DELE’ displayed on the reverse of his match shirts.”