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Eric Dier admits that he almost left the club

Sat 05 December 2020 | 17:32

Eric Dier has talked about his reaction to the positional change he experienced.

Jose Mourinho

has been using

Dier

as a center back and the England international revealed that he had considered leaving

Tottenham

before that change.

“That was definitely on my mind,”

Dier told the Daily Mail.

“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.”

The struggle started after Mourinho substituted Dier after a poor performance in a champions league match as a midfielder.

“The manager was completely right to take me off. I wasn't performing. And we won the game. But having to take steps back from the commitment I had made to my new position at that time was very difficult for me.

“I had played [Mauricio] Pochettino's last two games at centre-back, so it was difficult to go back to playing in midfield again. I explained that to Mourinho. I said to him: ‘This is where I want to play. In defence’. But I knew it was a risk.”

And about returning to his favorite position he said:

“After Chelsea he came to me, He just said: ‘OK, if you want to play centre-back, now is your chance. Show me’.

“I thrived off that challenge. It was what I had wanted to hear. It was an opportunity. My main focus is always to be in a position competing to play. Feeling there's a plan in place for me is important, too. They were the major factors in me deciding to stay here and I couldn't be happier.”


source: SportMob