Jose Mourinho wants Eric Dier to commit his future to Tottenham and is confident that the player will sign a new deal.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Sheffield United yesterday, Mourinho insisted that Dier is a part of his future plans, saying: “Mr Levy tells me that he wants Eric to sign a new contract and Eric tells me he is more than happy here.
“He is more than happy with his situation, especially now that he feels that we have a certain idea for him and the team. He tells me that he wants very much to stay, so I hope they can find an agreement.
“I am trying to take the team in a certain direction and when I try to develop a player in the team, it’s because I’m waiting for the player to stay with us.”
Dier played in every single minute of Spurs’ first two games since the Premier League restart as they followed up their draw with Manchester United by beating West Ham at home to claim their first victory in eight games (BBC).
Although he conceded a penalty against the Red Devils, Dier was part of the defence that kept a clean sheet in the 2-0 win over the Irons at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. However, his contract is set to expire next season and recent reports have suggested that his time in north London is running out.
While Spurs haven’t offered Dier a new deal yet, fans shouldn’t be worried. The Athletic revealed that he has a strong relationship with Mourinho, which bodes well for the future, as both parties want him where he is.
The 26-year-old, who was a favourite of Mauricio Pochettino, has made 16 appearances in the Premier League so far, providing two assists, making 1.2 tackles and averaging 3.1 clearances per game (via WhoScored). As it stands, the club remain convinced he will sign an extension this summer, via Football Insider.
It is fair to say that the England international hasn’t had it easy, having been beset by multiple injuries, illness and mixed form over the years.
He believes that his strengths lie in the defence under Mourinho and is determined to nail down the position as his own. In fact, he is well on the way to doing so already, as he started the first two games since football resumed last month.
While Mourinho expects Dier to escape punishment from the FA over a misconduct charge from the spring, it remains to be seen what will happen next. In the meantime, he can look to build on his performances since the season resumed.
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