Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has expressed joy after Sir Alex Ferguson described him as the best England midfielder since Paul Gascoigne.
The 19-year-old who has Nigerian roots has netted seven times this season for Spurs as they chase their first premier league title and so far he has played a huge part in ensuring that the North London team stay close to league leaders Leicester City with six matches to the end of the season.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Alli said: “It’s a hard one to take in [Ferguson’s praise], for one of the greatest managers ever to compliment you like that, it means a lot and it’s a huge honour.
“But I don’t want to get carried away with things like that, it’s important I keep working hard and don’t think too much about those things.”
He also commented on the lavished praises from Liverpool’s legend Steven Gerrard.
“It makes your hair stand up, you can’t really believe it. He’s someone I’ve looked up to massively since growing up, he was a great player and a legend. He was my idol and for him to say something like that means a lot to me, ” he added.
“It has been crazy, it’s been crazy for me obviously. I’ve always been quite confident in my ability and I knew where I wanted to go.
“Maybe I didn’t expect it to go this well so quickly but I always had the feeling I’d keep working hard and try to be the best player I can.
“It’s a bit of a dream come true, it’s one of those ones where I’m still waiting to be woken up, but like I say anything can happen. you could go out there and, god forbid, get an injury on the pitch or in training.”
Tottenham will face Manchester United in their next premier league match at White Hart Lane this weekend.