We’re not after your money, we just want our little Delbot back’: Sister of Spurs star Dele Alli begs the midfielder to mend his bitter rift with his estranged family
The sister of England footballer Dele Alli has issued a heartfelt plea urging the midfielder to mend the bitter rift driving his family apart.
His sister Barbara Johnson took to social media after their parents claimed they had not seen the £60,000-a-week footballer in two years.
Dele Alli’s mother Denise and father Kehinde said say they ‘just want their son back’ and claim they have not seen him since he moved from Milton Keynes Dons to Tottenham Hotspur in early 2015.
And sharing the family’s emotional plea, Ms Johnson wrote on Instagram: ‘We all miss you and love you dearly, we not after your money or your fame we just want are (sic) little #Delbot back, love you lots like jelly tots’.
Ms Johnson, 26, runs an Instagram page dedicated to charting her younger brother’s career.
Sharing a link to her parent’s story, she wrote: ‘What a heartbreaking story, hope you read this bro.
We all miss you and love you dearly, we not after your money or your fame we just want are (sic) little #Delbot back, love you lots like jelly tots’.
Alli’s career is on the rise, with the £60,000-per-week midfielder breaking into the England team and winning the PFA Young Player of the Year Award in 2016.
But speaking earlier this week, his mother said she is ‘miserable’ at not having a part in his life, while his multimillionaire entrepreneur father said he even paid for a stadium tour at Tottenham’s White Hart Lane in his efforts to see him.
The couple split up when Alli was a child but have come back together to try to re-establish their relationship with their son.
Denise, 53, who has two other children, said that, He (Alli) 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.’
She added she was ‘not interested’ in his money and would ‘love him if he worked at McDonald’s’.
Alli, born in 1996, grew up in Milton Keynes after his mother and father met a year before in a nightclub.
The couple married but broke up three years later, although they maintained a ‘close’ relationship for the sake of the children.
Mr Alli, 47, moved back to Lagos, Nigeria, in 2004, and Dele – who is a prince of the Yoruba tribe – went with him.
He also moved with his father when he went to Texas, US, for work, and is even understood to have been best man at Mr Alli’s wedding when he re-married in 2006, before returning to the UK aged 11 to live with his mother and focus on his football.
The star has taken to wearing ‘Dele’ on his shirt after previously saying he feels ‘no connection’ to his surname.
He is understood to have changed his phone number and moved house since leaving Milton Keynes for Tottenham.
His mother told the Mirror she approached him after a game only for the footballer to say he was ‘busy’.
She added: ‘It has been said that I was suffering from alcoholism and I gave him up because I couldn’t look after him, but that is a lie.
‘I wanted to give him the best chance of achieving his dream, but he was still my son and I was there for him whenever he needed me.’
Mr Alli added: ‘I know some people will think we just want him for his money, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m very wealthy in my own right and I don’t need a penny from Dele. I just want to be here for him and for him to know that I love him.’
Dele Alli’s agent Rob Segal declined to comment on Ms Johnson’s Instagram post.