Dele Alli: MK Dons midfielder prospect extends contract

Dele Alli (left) tussles with Manchester United's Javier Hernandez
Alli marked his first senior start, as a 16-year-old, with a goal in 2012

Teenage midfielder Dele Alli has signed a contract extension with MK Dons, but the League One club are still braced for his departure before it expires.

The 18-year-old's improved deal runs until June 2017.

But boss Karl Robinson says a host of Premier League clubs have already enquired about Alli.

"It's inevitable that there will be a time when we will have to let him go, whether that be in January, next summer or whenever," he commented.

"Dele is an exceptionally gifted player and it was only right that we rewarded him for a fantastic 12 months with this new deal.

"For the time being, he remains an MK Dons player and we'll continue to enjoy watching him progress week-in, week-out here at Stadium MK."

Memorable start
Alli scored against Cambridge City in his first start for the Dons as a 16-year-old in November 2012 and has 11 goals in 53 appearances overall

Alli, who received plaudits for his performance in the 4-0 victory over Manchester United in the Capital One Cup last month, has scored three goals in nine appearances this season.

Liverpool are among the club believed to be keeping tabs on the England Under-19 international, but he insists it is not a distraction.

"My focus is solely on playing for the Dons," said Alli. "I'm a Milton Keynes boy so I couldn't be happier representing my local team."