New Tottenham Hotspur signing Eric Dier says that retuning to England was always his dream, having sealed a £4 million move from Sporting Lisbon.
Born in England, Dier moved to Portugal aged six with his mother, progressing through Sporting’s setup to sign professional terms in 2010, despite reported interested from the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham themselves.
Making his first-team debut in November 2012, the defender would go on to make 30 appearances for the club over the next two seasons, before turning down the offer of a contract extension this summer to provoke rumours of a potential move back to home shores.
Linked to various English sides over recent months as a result, Dier becomes Mauricio Pochettino’s third summer signing, following the earlier arrivals of Swansea pair Ben Davies and Michel Vorm, and the England under-21 international revealed his delight at fulfilling his long-held ambition of representing a top Premier League outfit.
‘Spurs is a massive club, I’ve known about them since I was young and always enjoyed the way they play, the attacking football and coming from Portugal, that will suit me,’ he told Spurs TV.
‘This season I just want to adapt quickly to the Premier League and just do the best I can, try my hardest and have a good first season here.’
‘It’s always been my ambition, my dream to come back to England and play in the Premier League so I’m really happy to be back.’
Signing a five-year deal at the White Hart Lane, Dier in fact had a loan spell at Everton in early 2011, in order to aid his development, but failed to make a first-team appearance for the Toffees during his six-month stint.
Having also represented England through under-18 to under-20 level, the 20-year-old is a versatile performer, fully capable of filling in at right back or defensive midfield, as well as his natural centre-back spot, and looks set for a bright future for club and perhaps even country, if all goes to plan at Spurs.