In what was a Tell it All interview, English football player, Dele All has come to admit he has been struggles with mental health issues, which has led to his struggles on the pitch.
Speaking with former Manchester United captain and now TV pundir, Gary Neville on the show ‘The Overlap’, the former MK Dons upstart spoke on a number of issues that he has been dealing with from child hood.
The 27 year old spoke about his early struggles, revealing that he was once molested by his Alcoholic mum’s friend at age six. He also made mentioned of how he stated smoking and doing drugs at the age of seven.
He left kind words for his adopted family, who took him in from his alcoholic mum, stating he couldn’t have asked for better people who did everything for him.
Alli, who of late returned back to Everton after a below par loan s spell at Besiktas, spent the last 5 weeks in Rehab, dealing with post traumatic mental health issues and a sleeping pill addiction.
“Going into rehab sounds scary, but I could never have imagined how much I’d get from it and how much it would help me mentally. I was in a bad place, a lot happened when I was younger that I could never figure out and understand.”
It was never really in my control and it has helped me a lot with other things to do with my blood family, I let go of some bad things.” He also added: “You can talk to people, it doesn’t make you weak to be vulnerable, there’s strength in that.”
Alli, who bursted into the stage at a very young age, was one of Mauricio Pochettino ‘s go to guys at his time as boss of Tottenham. He subsequently made his England debit within that time.
however , his struggles outside the pitch of play caught up with him as he fell of the wagon under Jose Mourinho. At some point during Mourinho’s reign as Spurs boss, Alli considered retiring at age 24 .
“Like one morning I woke up. I had to go to training, this is when he’d [Mourinho] stopped playing me,” Alli explained, “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.”
He eventually left Spurs to join Everton but even at Goodison Park , Alli struggled to hit the heights the was accustomed to during his early days at Spurs.
In a bid to get him back on track, he was loan out to Besiktas but even in Turkey, he strugglesd as well. He tells Neville that he is now in a better place following those weeks in Rehab.