Dele Alli’s rumoured relationship with Pep Guardiola’s daughter still appears to be going strong after they were spotted on a romantic lunch and coffee date in exclusive Mayfair.
The Spurs midfielder, 25, was seen kissing Maria, 20, at a London rooftop bar in May and they still appear to be close five months on.
The Manchester City coach’s daughter led the way as she and Dele carried takeaway coffees at a Starbucks in central London, after leaving the nearby Novikov Restaurant and Bar in Berkeley Street Monday.
The luxury West End venue is a popular hotspot with the celebs and Premier League footballers, with the likes of Justin Bieber, Anthony Joshua, Drake and Novak Djokovic all regulars.
Afterwards Dele, whose career at Spurs is rumoured to be hanging in the balance, then got into a waiting car with Maria and were swept away, a witness said. Their apparent burgeoning relationship emerged months after Dele was left ‘gutted’ over his split from his model girlfriend of five years, Ruby Mae, in February. It was rumoured he was looking for love on celebrity dating app Raya.
The increasing hints of romance between the footballer and the Spanish-born student also adds spice to the rivalry between Paula’s father’s Manchester City side, who she also supports, and Dele’s less successful Tottenham Hotspur.
Champions Man City spent the summer fighting to buy Dele’s close friend and teammate Harry Kane for £150million before the deal fell through, while City’s assent to the top of English football in recent years has involved a number of battles with Spurs, with Guardiola’s team usually finishing on top.
It is not knowing what the star manager thinks about his daughter’s relationship with Dele, with his spokesman declining to comment previously.
MailOnline has contacted Dele’s representatives for comment. His spokesman said there would be no comment on his private life.
It was claimed that Dele and Maria met in April and that they ‘didn’t care who saw them’ as they kissed in front of a DJ booth at Cloud 9 bar.
An ‘onlooker’ told The Sun: ‘Dele and Maria didn’t seem to have a care in the world. They didn’t mind who saw them as they smooched in front of the DJ booth.
‘It was packed with hundreds of revellers watching on. All the tables had been booked and were completely full. Strangers were wandering past and Dele and Maria didn’t blink an eye.’
They added that the duo looked ‘so cute’ and could have passed for ‘honeymooners’.