‘Instrumental’ – Cristian Romero praises English team-mate in helping him settle at Spurs

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Cristian Romero
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Cristian Romero has credited Eric Dier in playing a key role in helping him to adapt to life at Tottenham Hotspur.

The 23-year-old made the move to north London from Atalanta on a season-long loan deal which also includes an obligation to buy at the end of the campaign for what looks to be a bargain £46.7million (Football.London).

Since recovering from injury in February, Romero has helped to settle the Tottenham defence having taken the place of Davinson Sanchez and has played a key role in Antonio Conte’s side’s resurgence having battled their way back into the top four.

Romero has looked assured alongside Eric Dier and has praised the 28-year-old for the manner in which he welcomed him to the club, labelling the Spanish speaker as ‘instrumental’ in his integration into the group.

Romero told The Athletic: “He was instrumental when I joined. We’ve always got on well on and off the field. The fact he speaks Spanish really helps with our on-pitch understanding as well. He was instrumental also in bringing me into the group.

“From the day I arrived, he was really good at introducing me to everyone and making me feel at home as well so I was grateful for that. But first and foremost, what a great season he’s having — he brings a lot to the team, loads as a player.

“I’m guessing it is his objective to get back into the international set-up. We all feel he’s doing well and it can’t be long with the form that he’s showing before he’s back in the England squad.”

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Dier has become one of the senior professionals within the ranks at Tottenham and appears to be playing not only a key role on the pitch but also within the dressing room.

Hopefully Dier can continue to impress alongside Romero and earn his place back in the England set-up ahead of the World Cup, when compared to the likes of Ben White, Tyrone Mings and Harry Maguire, the Spurs man is head and shoulders above those who Gareth Southgate favours.

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