Spurs star opens up about long-term players leaving and new faces arriving

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Eric Dier
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Eric Dier has spoken to Tottenham Hotspur’s official website discussing what he describes as a ‘new chapter’ at the North London club.

The defender has been in N17 for seven years since signing in 2015 during the early stages of a new chapter in itself as Mauricio Pochettino was looking to build something with Spurs.

The now 27-year-old has experienced a lot with Tottenham over the years, playing 279 times in all competitions. The defender has also played an active role in title challenges, two cup finals, a Champions League final, and has also earned himself 45 England caps. 

Dier does, however, have question marks surrounding whether he has a future at Tottenham, with The Sun reporting on 2 July that the club could sell him this summer.

Spurs have appointed new head coach in Nuno Espirito Santo and also shifted some staff behind the scenes with the arrival of Fabio Paratici as the new managing director of football.

Dier has spoken about this new change and opened up about some of his long-term teammates leaving this summer.

He said: “Players who have been here a long time have left, there are new faces coming in and a new manager, so it definitely has the feeling that we’re at the beginning of a new chapter.

“I think it’s something to be very excited about.

“I look at it very positively, coming off the back of a couple of difficult seasons. It’s early days, a lot of work to be done, relationships to be built, but I’m very positive about where things are at, very positive about the work we’ve put in so far.

“For me, it was a bit strange when Christian and Jan left, because these are people I’d spent a lot of time with, even more so outside football. Now Toby and Coco have left as well. I’ve only known Tottenham with Coco! He was another guy I was close to.

“At the same time, we all know it’s part of football. From a young age, we’re used to it, and there are a lot of guys I’m still close to and we’ll all also build new relationships, which is nice and refreshing as well. Changes are all part of football, part of life.

Dier also spoke about being at the club for seven years, including the highs and lows of this journey.

He added: “I can’t believe it’s seven years.

“I’m still only 27 as well. It’s been a long time, some incredible moments, incredible highs, some tough lows but it’s been a fantastic journey so far.

“I’ve met people who will be friends for life, regardless of football, built relationships, and it’s not the end. We’re talking like it’s the end. I want to experience even better moments.

“I’ve grown up a lot here. I was 20 when I arrived, very young, and experienced a lot of different things since then which shape you, a lot of experiences professionally and personally.

“I feel I’ve changed in a positive sense, and I’m striving to improve in every way I can.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

As much as I admire Dier’s personality and mentality, it appears that his time in North London could be coming to an end. I expect him to stay for one more season but I don’t see a future as a starting XI player beyond that.

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