One of English football’s brightest talents has said it would be hard to turn down a move to Manchester United, the club he supported as a child.
Eric Dier, sixteen, is tipped to become a top class centre back in the near future, and United are in need of some cover in that area. Dier has the unusual advantage of having developed as a footballer abroad. He was born in England in 1994 and moved to Portugal when he was six. He has since come through the ranks at the prolific academy of Sporting Lisbon. In recent years the Lisbon academy has produced the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Nani and Ricardo Quaresma.
On the possibility of moving back to England Dier said: “I’ve never seen the need to move from Sporting to anywhere in England or any other country because Sporting has a great history of bringing players up to play in the first team and go on to play in great clubs in Europe. People tell me about players who have gone to places like Arsenal and Chelsea and had to come back looking for clubs because they’ve got nowhere to play.”
However, on the topic of a move to United he said: “If the offer came today, I wouldn’t say I’d take it because I’m not sure it’s the right time. But if I cemented a place in Sporting’s first team and felt I was ready, then it would be very hard to turn down.”
Rio Ferdinand isn’t getting any younger and Jonny Evans hasn’t been fulfilling the early promise he shown, so Dier could be a shrewd signing if he goes on to become a top defender.
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