Dier has ‘no intention’ to leave despite Tapsoba interest as Spurs put surprise midfielder up for sale

Jason Soutar
Eric Dier and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg both gesture during a match.
Eric Dier and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg both gesture during a Spurs match.

Eric Dier does not want to leave Tottenham this summer despite Ange Postecoglou’s desire to sign a new central defender, according to reports.

The England international’s contract expires in 2024, meaning he could leave the club ten years after he signed from Sporting.

His time in north London has been full of ups and downs. From establishing himself as a regular starter for club and country to losing his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad, and then getting back in for the 2022 World Cup, it is fair to say Dier’s ability divides opinion.

It is going to be a huge summer for Spurs, who have already confirmed the permanent signings of Pedro Porro, Dejan Kulusevski, Guglielmo Vicario and James Maddison.

New boss Postecoglou is far from done and has his eyes on a new centre-back, which could see Dier’s game time drastically decline with no European football next term.

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Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba and Wolfsburg’s Micky van de Ven are both being targeted by the Australian.

Despite this and his poor form in the second half of 2022/23, Dier does not want to leave Spurs, according to The Telegraph.

The report says Dier wants to stay and ‘fight for his place under Postecoglou’ and will return for pre-season this weekend as he did not feature in England’s European Championship qualifiers earlier this month.

The 29-year-old is ‘excited’ to work with the former Celtic manager and has made it clear he has ‘no intention’ to leave this summer.

Luckily for him, the club have made no moves that suggest they will look to sell him, even with Tapsoba and Van de Ven being looked at.

It is also noted that Postecoglou could lean on Dier’s ‘leadership qualities’ following Hugo Lloris’ ‘expected’ exit at the end of his contract.

While Dier is expected to stay, midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will be allowed to leave if Spurs receive a suitable bid.

Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid are said to be keen but are yet to make an approach. With two years left on the player’s contract, Spurs are open to offers.

The report adds that Spurs are hoping to offload ‘Davinson Sanchez, Ivan Perisic, Ryan Sessegnon, Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon, while Harry Winks is poised to join Leicester City’.

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