Netizens have taken to the internet to refute claims of Nigerian-born England and Everton midfielder Dele Alli, who revealed that his dad Kehinde Alli abandoned him at a very young age.
In a recent interview with Gary Neville for Overlap, Dele disclosed that he is no longer on talking terms with his mother and father, after they abandoned him, which left him feeling betrayed and hurt.
He said: “My dad went missing for a while, and he might come out now and say some stuff about me, but when I started playing for England, he came back and then I used to speak to my mum as well. Just to try and help her.
“I don’t speak to my mum anymore. So, when I was 18, my biological mum and dad went to the newspaper and like, started accusing the family that adopted me of doing all this stuff when they didn’t know what they had, like they were the ones that used to make me go and see my mum.
Dele’s revelation about his father abandoning him at a tender age did not however sit well with Nigerians who dug up several pictures of him with his dad in his teenage days, which suggested that his Dad never abandoned him.
They described his claims as false while suggesting that he made such awful comments to earn sympathy and make excuses for his drop in form in his football career
The 39-time England international has not been part of the Three Lions squad since 2019 due to his dip in form and he has since returned to Everton for assessment.
Some Netizens said that he never made these revelations during the peak of his career, until he started struggling to make the team
Meanwhile, according to the player’s mother and father, Alli gradually began to withdraw from them after signing his professional contract with MK Dons at the age of 16.
In an interview, his father alleged that his son was being manipulated for financial gain, saying: “I just do not understand what we have done wrong. He refuses to speak to me and it feels like he’s been taken from us. But I won’t give up on getting him back.”
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