Jose Mourinho is confident England international Eric Dier is
ready to sign a new contract with Tottenham.
Dier's future was thrown into doubt after he climbed into the
stands to argue with a fan who had exchanged words with his
brother during an FA Cup defeat against Norwich earlier this
The 26-year-old's current deal expires at the end of next season,
but Tottenham manager Mourinho says chairman Daniel Levy told him
Dier is keen to reach an agreement.
Dier is reported to be content that Mourinho has moved him back
into central defence after he was often used as a midfielder
under former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.
"My boss Mr Levy tells me that he wants Eric to sign a new
contract and Eric tells me that he's more than happy here,
especially now that he feels we have a certain idea for him and
the deal," Mourinho told reporters on Wednesday.
"He tells me also that he wants very much to stay. So I hope that
we can find an agreement because I'm trying to take the team in a
"When I try to develop a player in the team it's because I'm
waiting for a player to stay with us."
Dier, who joined from Sporting Lisbon in 2014, still has the
prospect of a lengthy ban hanging over his head following a
Football Association charge for misconduct after the Norwich
incident in March.
The case is still being heard by the FA, but Mourinho said Dier
should avoid punishment if the standard has been set by Arsenal
midfielder Matteo Guendouzi escaping action for grabbing Brighton
striker Neal Maupay around the neck recently.
"I think they made a decision when Guendouzi grabbed the other
guy by his neck. The decision was made in that moment. What else
can I expect?" Mourinho said.
Tottenham have taken four points from their first two games since
the Premier League restart ahead of Thursday's trip to Sheffield
But their chances of forcing their way into the race to qualify
for the Champions League have been hurt by the impressive form of
Manchester United, Chelsea and Wolves.
Tottenham may have to settle for the Europa League next season,
ending a run of four successive years in the Champions League.
Mourinho is adamant he would not be disappointed with that after
taking over with the team in 14th in the table following
"If you tell me I start the season with zero points like everyone
else and at the end of the season I am not in a Champions League
spot I would say disappointing," he said.
"If I put myself in my day one and where the team was and
everything that happens I would say I would not be disappointed
because the situation was incredible."