Dele Alli and Gary Neville both ended up in tears as the midfielder opened up on the mental health issues he’s had and the fact he considered retiring from football.
In an interview with the United legend he’s opened up on how he’s been affected even admitting he thought about retirement aged only 24.
Neville asked him, “Where was the point where you started to feel it wasn’t right?”
The former Spurs star replied, “Like one morning I woke up. I had to go to training, this is when he’d [Mourinho] stopped playing me.
“I remember just looking in the mirror. I mean it sounds dramatic, but I was literally just staring in the mirror and I was asking if I could retire now at 24?
“You know, doing the thing I love. For me that was heartbreaking.
“It’s always been me against myself in everything. I was winning the fight, smiling, showing that I was happy, but inside I was definitely losing the battle.
The footballer, 27, also told Gary Neville’s YouTube channel The Overlap: “At six I was molested.”
You can watch the clip below:
I’m struggling to find the words to put with this post but please watch my most recent interview with Dele. It’s the most emotional, difficult yet inspirational conversation I’ve ever had in my life. Watch the interview on @wearetheoverlap here https://t.co/60d4IZwQmR pic.twitter.com/0cZowJGW77
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 13, 2023
Fans responded to the touching video:
One said, ‘This is gonna be tough. I’ve hated what’s happened to Dele like we all have. Just want him to be happy if nothing else now.’
Another added, ‘Dele is 27. Can definitely definitely have good times ahead – both in top level football and life.’
A third commented, ‘I feel sorry for Dele. I guess this can be the downside to young players making it too early…’