Eric Dier has opened up on his delight at being able to come back to the training centre and get back to playing football after more than two months of being stuck indoors as a result of the lockdown.
Footballing action in England has been suspended from the beginning of March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the Premier League now working towards resuming action mid-June, all clubs including Tottenham have begun phase one of training (Sky Sports).
Although the players cannot engage in contact training at the moment and are expected to train in groups of four or five, Dier revealed that he is enjoying coming back to Hotspur Way after a long break.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “It’s been great (returning to training). You really appreciate our training centre when you get back in there!
“We’ve had some great weather and it’s been really enjoyable to get back on the ball and back outside on the training pitches. It’s completely different to what we’ve been able to do at home during lockdown.”
The England international admitted that not meeting up with the players on a regular basis has been quite difficult given the relationship he has forged with the squad since he arrived in North London.
The 26-year-old confessed to particularly missing Jan Vertoghen during the lockdown.
Dier added: “It’s also been really nice to be able to see people again – from afar! This has been a very strange experience. Normally our relationship with each other, the club, the staff, is very intense.
“We see each other every day, compete against each other every day and experience all the highs and lows with each other. So, not to see each other in these circumstances has been a unique experience.
“Since a very young age, we’ve all been used to being able to play football and to be with those people. Now, suddenly, I’ve gone six, seven weeks without seeing Jan Vertonghen! That’s starting to take its toll!
“From all the lads I’ve spoken to, everyone is okay, everyone has handled the situation well but we’re all just desperate to get back to playing football now.”
Spurs Web Opinion
One would imagine that Dele wouldn’t be too pleased to learn Dier missed Vertonghen the most. All kidding aside, this shows how liked and respected Jan is in the dressing room. He will be a major loss for us if he leaves this summer, not only for what he provides on the pitch but also for his influence off it.
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