‘Caught me by surprise’ – Spurs star reveals how he found out about new signing’s arrival

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Dom Le Roy

Eric Dier has admitted that he first found out about Joe Hart signing for Tottenham after the goalkeeper caught him by surprise with a late-night text.

Hart’s transfer to Spurs seemed to move fairly quickly as the experienced shot-stopper was announced as a Tottenham player merely days after the rumours of the club’s interest in him first emerged (Daily Mail).

The 33-year-old has shared a dressing room with the likes of Dier, Dele Alli, and Harry Kane for England, and it appears Dier was one of the first ones to find out about his move to Spurs.

The central defender is convinced that Hart’s experience will prove a valuable asset to the Tottenham squad.

Dier told talkSPORT: “He (Hart) messaged me a couple of days ago, it was late at night and he said ‘You awake? Don’t worry, it’s nothing serious!’

“So I called him when he was in the car on the way down, he caught me by surprise!

“It’s fantastic to have him, it’ll be a real pleasure to share a dressing room with him again. I always shared one with him at England.

“I’m sure he’ll bring a lot off the pitch just as much as he will on it… the experience and the kind of situations he’s been in as a player.”

The 26-year-old also opened up on his relationship with Jose Mourinho and admitted that it was a dream come true to be managed by someone he grew up idolising.

When asked about the Spurs boss, the former Sporting Lisbon academy graduate said: “If we’re talking privately then we’ll talk in Portuguese but if we’re with more people then we’ll speak English.

“For me it’s very special, growing up in Portugal and to be managed by him.

“When I was growing up he won the Champions League with Porto and then went to Chelsea and was extremely successful.

“It’s really special being managed by him now.”

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There is already a marked difference in the kind of personalities we are now recruiting under Mourinho compared to the ones we were in for under Pochettino. The Argentine made it clear that he prefered to sign players who were good human beings and humble enough to listen and learn.

Mourinho, on the other hand, has identified the lack of big personalities and demanding individuals in the dressing room. He seems to be the kind of manager who encourages his players to voice their disagreements. Both Hojbjerg and Hart are players who will not shy away from speaking their mind.

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