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MK Dons braced for Alli bids despite midfielder signing new contract

Dele Alli is staying at MK Dons..for now. Credit: PA

Highly-rated MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli has signed a new and improved contract with the club.

The 18-year-old is widely regarded as one of the brightest talents in the Football League, and has reportedly attracted interest from some of the biggest clubs in the world.

Liverpool and Bayern Munich are thought to be among his admirers, but Alli has committed his immediate future to the Dons.

The youngster's new deal will run until 2017, but manager Karl Robinson admits that it's unlikely Alli will remain at stadium:mk for that long.

"Dele is an exceptionally gifted player and it was only right that we rewarded him for a fantastic 12 months with this new deal.

Dele will continue to be linked with some of the world’s biggest clubs and it’s inevitable that there will be a time when we will have to let him go, whether that be in January, next summer or whenever. "

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons Manager



'Biggest game in Dons history': Expected sell out for Manchester United clash

The game is expected to be a sell out. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Next Tuesday's MK Dons' cup clash against Manchester United is expected to sell out, with some fans queuing through the night waiting for the box office to open.

Fans lined up around the block at Stadium MK, hoping to bag one of the 29,000 tickets on sale to what's already being described as the biggest game in the Dons' history.

Aston Villa midfielder Samir Carruthers returns to MK Dons

Samir Carruthers has joined MK Dons on a permanent deal. Credit: PA

MK Dons have completed the signing of Aston Villa midfielder Samir Carruthers on a permanent deal.

The 21-year-old enjoyed an impressive loan spell at stadium:mk last season, but had to return to Villa Park in February after picking up a serious knee injury.

Carruthers has now agreed a three-year deal with the Dons, joining for an undisclosed fee.

“It’s exciting and it’s what I wanted.

Obviously I know the club from before, I’m pleased to be back and I can’t wait to get going again. It’s like coming home.”

– Samir Carruthers, MK Dons

Carruthers is unlikely to feature for a while as he continues with his rehabilitation from a recent thigh problem, but Dons manager Karl Robinson believes he will turn out to be money well spent.

"I understand some fans might be thinking why have we signed a player who is injured but we’re building for the future. He is part of the long-term strategy here and that’s shown with his three-year deal.

He’s an exceptional talent and one day I believe he will be back showcasing his ability at the top."

– Karl Robinson, MK Dons manager

Grigg: MK Dons move was a "no-brainer"

Will Grigg celebrates scorning for Brentford. Credit: PA

New MK Dons striker Will Grigg says he turned down other offers in favour of sealing a move to stadium:mk.

The Northern Ireland international joined Karl Robinson's side on a season-long loan deal from Brentford last week.

Grigg in the goals

  • Grigg scored four goals for Brentford last season as they gained promotion to The Championship.
  • He hit 20 goals for Walsall in 2012/13, which prompted Brentford to pay over £300,000 to land the striker.

Several other clubs were interested in landing the 23-year-old, but Grigg told the MK Dons official website that he had his heart set on a move to Buckinghamshire.

“When I was away before pre-season I heard there was a bit of interest and when it came about it was something I was really keen to do. As soon as the ball got rolling both parties were confident they could make it work and it’s just nice to be here now.

There we a few choices but the style of football here suits me, it’s a similar formation to Brentford and Walsall so it’s a good fit for me personally. I know the Gaffer’s wanted me for quite a while so it was really a no-brainer. There was other clubs but this is the perfect fit."

– Will Grigg
Dele Alli (left) is said to be interesting Liverpool. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, The Daily Express claims that two of the Dons' brightest young talents could be heading for big-money Premier League moves.

The paper says that defender Brendan Galloway is destined to join Everton, while Liverpool are interested in midfielder Dele Alli.

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