Jose Mourinho said he was “tired” of questions about Dele Alli and expects the midfielder to stay at Tottenham beyond this transfer window.
The Spurs boss did suggest the 24-year-old, limited to just 45 minutes’ play this season, needed to improve.
Alli has been included in the squad for Thursday’s Europa League tie at North Macedonian side Shkendija (19:00 BST).
“He is coming and he has a chance to play. It’s important for him to perform,” said Mourinho.
The addition of forward Gareth Bale on loan from Real Madrid has added to that competition, while speculation over Alli’s future increased after Paris St-Germain showed interest in him.
“When the squad becomes competitive, the players have to have an answer and perform,” the Spurs boss said.
“I am not tired of Dele because he is a great kid, but I am tired of questions on Dele.
“I always feel that 99% of the responsibility is the player. I have 1%. Me and my staff and the people that work, everybody has 1%.”