Bayern boss Ancelotti says he likes Spurs star Eric Dier, days after the Germans are linked with the England international

Carlo Ancelotti press conference

The ex Chelsea boss is taking over at Bayern Munich this season, and has been linked with a move for the Tottenham and England man.

England's Eric Dier celebrates after scoring their first goalEngland's Eric Dier celebrates after scoring

New Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti has poured praise onto Tottenham and England midfielder Eric Dier, telling the Daily Telegraph that the Spurs youngster is one of a number of players with massive potential to be excited about.

"Let me tell you one thing," Ancelotti told the Telegraph. "This England team has a lot of potential. I like these young players that Roy Hodgson picked.

"I think Eric Dier has been one of the best players in the tournament."

Real Madrid coach Carlo AncelottiCarlo Ancelotti

That's nothing new to Spurs fans, but coming after recent reports suggesting the Bundesliga giants are preparing a move for Dier on the back of his last season and his England performances this summer, from the likes of the Independent, then there's every reason for supporters to be a little anxious at the Italian's words.

Dier has been a revelation at Tottenham since arriving from Sporting in 2014. Initially showing his quality as a highly promising and versatile defender with impressive technical attributes, he helped Spurs finish fifth in Mauricio Pochettino's first season as manager. However, over the last 12 months he has seamlessly been converted into one of the Premier League's top defensive midfielders, playing a vital part as the North Londoners challenged for the league title.

Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier in action with Southampton's Dusan TadicTottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier in action with Southampton's Dusan Tadic

The 22-year-old carried this form into the England squad, winning his first cap last year and finding himself a key member of Roy Hodgson's starting eleven for the European Championships.

Though it sounds a lot less of an accomplishment today than it did this time last week, it is no overstatement to say Dier was probably England's best player in France, putting him on the radar of the rest of the Europe, and powerhouses such as Bayern.

With Spurs in the Champions League next season, and Dier seemingly delighted at working under Pochettino and alongside England teammates such as Dele Alli and Harry Kane, it is unlikely he'll be leaving White Hart Lane any time soon. But if Bayern come calling, it may be hard for Dier to resist.

England's Eric Dier and Nathaniel Clyne during trainingEngland's Eric Dier and Nathaniel Clyne during training

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