Tottenham defender and Jose Mourinho favourite, Eric Dier, has admitted that he was close to leaving the club before signing a new deal.
Dier put pen to paper on a new long-term deal – said to be worth £72k-a-week, per Spotrac – in July to settle any conversation about his future. The England man has become integral under Jose Mourinho and is one of the first names on the teamsheet in defence now.
However, it wasn’t always like that for Dier. Hauled off by Mourinho from midfield in the boss’s early days as manager, Dier admits he found things tough and feared for his Spurs career.
Indeed, Dier admits (Daily Mail) that until his contract was sorted, he was considering his future with the north Londoners.
‘That was definitely on my mind. I didn’t feel like I was achieving what I wanted. When your contract starts to come to an end, you question if you’re part of the future.
“I had no desire to be at a club in the last year of my contract. The club knew the summer would see a decision made either way.”
Of course, since then, any thoughts of Dier leaving have been put firmly to bed. One of Mourinho’s key troops this season, Dier has been exceptional alongside Toby Alderweireld at the back.
A shining example, Dier has been superb – TBR View
Eric Dier has shown most players in the Premier League what a bit of hard work and knuckling down under a new manager can do.
He’s worked hard under Mourinho, learnt his position, and taken on board the coaching and advice of one of the game’s greatest ever managers to become a world-class defender on his day.
Dier’s story is a message for those at Tottenham and beyond that all is not lost, even in the lowest moments.