Tottenham’s Eric Dier could reportedly be sold at the end of the season unless there is a change in his contract negotiations.
According to the Daily Mail, the midfielder is reluctant to sign a new deal with Spurs due to fears over his lack of minutes under manager Jose Mourinho.
It is understood that the 26-year-old wants first-team assurances before committing his future and he would prefer to play centre-back rather than in midfield.
The report explains that a summer exit could follow if he doesn’t sign a fresh deal, as his current contract expires in 2021 and club chairman Daniel Levy wants to avoid players being allowed to enter a final year like several in the squad in recent times.
The Mail’s report also add that there would be plenty of suitors if the England international did become available and he may be tempted to move abroad, something he previously did at Sporting Lisbon.
Meanwhile, the Telegraph reported back in December that Dier was in line for a new Spurs deal worth at least £75,000-a-week, but it seems like there is now an obstacle.
The North London club signed the enforce back in 2014 for £4million (BBC) from Sporting Lisbon and he’s played 230 first-team games.
But there is no doubt his role has lessened in the past couple of years and he’s even started to fall out of favour with Mourinho after an initial boost when he arrived to replace Mauricio Pochettino.
Dier is an extremely useful player to have in the Spurs squad due to his versatility to play midfield and defence quite well, but he’s not the player he once was and a move could be best for all parties.
He’s at a great age to go reinvent himself elsewhere and still have a long career ahead of him, but it looks like his time in North London has completely stagnated.
It’s hard to picture him forcing his way into Mourinho’s XI on a fixed basis moving forward, but his wish to be a long-term centre-back is an interesting one.