Spurs boss Pochettino responds to Eric Dier’s Chelsea link

Date published: Thursday 15th December 2016 10:06

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed media speculation suggesting Eric Dier could be allowed to quit the club in January.

Reports on Wednesday suggested the player had become frustrated with life at Tottenham after dropping to the bench. That led to reports that the player’s situation was being monitored by both Chelsea and Bayern Munich.

Dier signed an extended deal with Tottenham just three months ago and Pochettino insists he has no desire to allow the player to leave.

The England man was back in the Tottenham side and played an influential role in the 3-0 win over Hull on Wednesday.

“Absolutely not. Eric Dier is our player,” the Spurs boss said.

“He extended his contract and improved his salary after the Euros. There is no doubt that his future is here at Tottenham.”

Meanwhile, Pochettino admitted his delight at Christian Eriksen’s recent resurgence after the midfielder scored twice and set up another to help Tottenham cruise to victory.

After their 1-1 draw against Leicester in October the Spurs boss called for improvement from the 24-year-old.

And the Denmark international has responded in recent weeks as he took his tally to five goals in four Premier League games.

Eriksen, being deployed in a deeper central midfield role on Wednesday night, could have completed his hat-trick but his free-kick was tipped onto the bar by Hull goalkeeper David Marshall before Victor Wanyama smashed home the rebound.

“I’m very pleased for his performance today,” Pochettino said of Eriksen.

“He was very aggressive in possession. That is the aggressiveness that we want for our player and I’m very pleased for him because he is working very hard to improve and I know it is important for our strikers to score goals but also for our midfield to score as well. It is good for us and the team that they start to score too.

“Maybe it looks easy because the result is 3-0 but it was difficult. At 1-0, they have a very good chance to score and in football you need to have some luck and for us in that moment it was important to be safe and not concede. It was important to get the three points and we fully deserved it.”

Spurs used a 3-4-2-1 formation for the first time since the North London derby against Arsenal last month as Pochettino continues to search for his side’s best shape.

With Mousa Dembele’s foot injury ruling him out, Spurs lacked creativity at times but the Tottenham boss feels that his players are adapting to the new systems.

“I think this season we are working hard to develop a different formation and different systems to use,” Pochettino added.

“Today we believe it was the better way to play and I’m very happy that it is working well. The first two goals arrived from very good play from our wing-backs, first Danny Rose and then Kyle Walker.

“After 3-0, the choice didn’t look very good but in football it is important to be clinical. I’m happy because the three points keep us in a good position in the table, very close to top four and in this moment we need to keep our faith and reduce the gap, if not keep the same position.”

You can watch Pochettino’s response to questions on Dier’s future by pressing play on the above video.

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