The Daily Star have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur star Eric Dier will sign a new deal with Jose Mourinho’s side on one condition – if he is given assurances that he will be used in his preferred position of centre-back going forward.
A somewhat topsy-turvy season for Dier, 26, he found himself on the fringes of the team under Mauricio Pochettino. Jose Mourinho’s arrival saw him return to the starting line-up, but in the middle of the park.
The former Sporting Lisbon struggled to return to his brilliant best that saw him impress at Euro 2016, and he was back on the fringes until a recent resurgence at centre-back. He impressed against Wolves, Burnley and Norwich.
However, the latter saw Dier jump into the stands to confront a supporter. A tumultuous campaign, rounded off by the break of Covid-19. Now, he could sign a new deal, extending his current £60,000-a-week (Spotrac) contract which expires in 2021.
Talks are underway, as per the report, but Dier has made it clear that he wants assurances that he will play at centre-back.
TBR’s view – Should Tottenham extend Dier deal?
Though Dier has struggled over the past couple of seasons, Spurs know that Dier is well below his best and is capable of much more. Still only 26, there is no reason why Dier cannot thrive under Mourinho going forward.
Glimpses, in recent matches, suggest that Dier may be best in central defence. Especially with Jan Vertonghen leaving this summer and Juan Foyth struggling, pushing Dier back could a move that suits all parties.
His versatility, at least, is enough reason for Spurs to offer the 40-time England international a new deal.