Tottenham's Eric Dier speaks about what he learned in Portugal

The Tottenham Hotspur player has been in brilliant form this season but learned a lot from his time abroad.

Tottenham Hotspur player Eric Dier has been speaking to the BBC about his time growing up in Portugal and how his spell at Sporting Lisbon played a significant role in the person he is today.

Dier spent the majority of his childhood in abroad and joined Sporting’s academy in 2003, learning his trade there until 2012 when he moved first to the club’s B team and ultimately their first-team.

Dier only played 32 matches for Sporting before he signed for Tottenham and with each passing performance that looks like an increasingly good deal for the North London club.

The England under-21 international spent last season rotating between right-back and centre-back but this campaign has seen him excel as a defensive midfielder and that may well be where he stays under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Speaking to the BBC’s Football Focus about his time outside England and his path to Tottenham, Dier said, “I started off there in Portugal and just took it step by step and ended up here; I could never expect it really.

“You learn everything there really. I lived at the academy. They are not just teaching you about football; they are teaching you about how to be a man, too. Great values and hopefully I’ve stuck with them so far.”

Dier has certainly taken his lessons and applied them brilliantly on the pitch and at this rate Tottenham could have saved millions in finding a player who could go on to become one of the best defensive midfielders in the top flight.

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