As Dele Alli battles a leaked sextape, his parents have come out to plead with him to forgive them.
47-year old Kehinde Alli and ex-wife Denise spoke to the Daily Mirror recently, revealing their sadness at not having him in their lives.
Kehinde said: “He refuses to speak to me and it feels like he’s been taken from us. But I won’t give up on getting him back.”
Dele’s mum Denise, 53, added: “I’m a very miserable person because I get so sad that Dele is missing out on his family and we’re missing out on him.
“I want to be able to hug him and let him know we all love him to bits. I’m not interested in his money, I’d love him the same if he worked in McDonald’s. We just want our son back.”
Recalling him leaving, Denise said: “He was in great spirits and said, ‘I love you mum’. I had no idea that would be the last time I would see him. It still leaves me shocked.”
The Tottenham star stopped wearing Alli on the back of his jersey last year, saying he felt no connection to the name.
Dele was born in Milton Keynes, Bucks, in April 1996 just over a year after his parents first met in a nightclub.
At the time Kehinde, originally from Nigeria, was studying for a Masters at De Montfort University.
Denise said: “When he was about 13 Dele began training at MK Dons five days a week. So for convenience he began staying at his best friend’s house during the week, before coming home at weekends. It was hard to let him live away from home, but we didn’t have a car and I was finding it hard to get him to training myself.
“It has been said that I was suffering from alcoholism and I gave him up because I couldn’t look after him, but that is a lie. I wanted to give him the best chance of achieving his dream, but he was still my son and I was there for him whenever he needed me.
“He was never adopted by his friend’s parents – I would not have allowed it. My kids are my world.”