Dele Alli has denied claims made by his manager at Besiktas, Senol Gunes, that he has gone missing from training. The former Tottenham midfielder took to social media to clarify that he had been given permission to attend a doctor’s appointment and was due to return to training, as usual, the following day. 

“Hey guys just had loads of messages so wanted to clear something up. The club gave me permission to attend a doctor’s appointment today. I’m due back in training tomorrow as normal,” Dele wrote on social media. 

Gunes had publicly criticised the player, suggesting he had taken an unauthorised extended absence, and even joked that he may not have turned up because of the rain.

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Dele’s situation at Besiktas has been far from ideal since his loan move from Everton. He has managed just two goals in 13 appearances and has fallen out of favour under Gunes, making only four appearances since his appointment as manager. 

Reports in Turkey suggest that he may not play for the club again, and his relationship with Gunes appears to be at an all-time low.

However, it is unclear whether Gunes’ claims of Dele going missing are entirely accurate. Dele has denied any wrongdoing and stated that he was given permission to attend a doctor’s appointment. It is possible that there has been a breakdown in communication between the player and the club, but until further information is provided, it is difficult to say for certain.

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Regardless of the truth of Gunes’ claims, Dele’s situation at Besiktas is clearly far from ideal. With just one year remaining on his Everton deal, it remains to be seen how Toffees boss Sean Dyche will approach the situation in the summer. It is likely that Dele will leave Besiktas, and he will be hoping to reignite his career elsewhere.