Chelsea boss Pochettino says brave Dele Alli interview was ‘too painful’ to finish and wants to give him a ‘big hug’

CHELSEA boss Mauricio Pochettino plans to meet with Dele Alli after finding his tell-all interview too painful to finish.

Alli revealed he was the victim of sexual abuse as a child and spent six weeks in a rehab facility earlier this year to battle a sleeping pill addiction.

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The Everton star even considered retiring aged 24 after falling out of favour at Tottenham, having previously been a key player at Spurs under Pochettino.

The Argentine admitted he was unable to finish the interview but he is confident Alli will come back stronger.

Pochettino told ESPN: “Of course, it was really tough for me to see him. I didn’t finish the interview because it was so painful.

“He knows how we [Pochettino and his coaching staff] love him, how important he is for us as a person.

“As a player, he was amazing… but as a person he has a big, big heart. And of course, we are in contact.

“After the USA tour I hope to see him in London, to meet him and give him a big hug.

“Always, it is tough when you love a person but they show in an interview like this, it is really, really painful.

“But he is a strong, unbelievable guy and for sure he will become stronger.”

Pochettino has faith in Alli and he wants to help the 27-year-old return to his best.

The midfielder is back at Everton after spending last season on loan at Besiktas and he revealed he has held positive talks with Toffees boss Sean Dyche.

Former Spurs team-mate Harry Kane also showed support for Alli, as did Prince William.

Kane wrote: “Proud of Alli for speaking out and sharing his experience to try and help others.”

Prince William also wished Alli the best, saying: “Brave and inspirational, Dele. Discussing mental health is not a sign of weakness.

“Let’s keep the conversation going.

“We’re all with you and we wish you the very best. W.”

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