Tottenham star subject of contract plan confesses expectation of foreign transfer he would ‘look forward to’

Tottenham pair Hugo Lloris and Eric Dier

Amid rumours he is about to extend his contract with Tottenham Hotspur, Eric Dier has opened up on the chances of a move abroad.

Dier arrived at Tottenham in 2014 after developing in Portugal with Sporting CP. Since then, he has made more than 300 appearances for the club in all competitions. The 28-year-old has also earned 47 England caps and has a chance of making it into the World Cup squad.

At club level, Tottenham have been working to resolve his future. His current contract is due to expire in 2024. Therefore, his value could begin to diminish next year.

Spurs are hoping that he will extend his commitment to them. However, Dier might not be willing to go as far as ending his career with Tottenham.

Indeed, the centre-back or defensive midfielder has explained how he would welcome an experience playing abroad again before he retires.

Dier said in an interview with The Times: “Who knows where football will take me in two or three years?

“I’m still young, I’ve got a lot of time left. I’m looking after myself. I think I will play abroad again at some point in the future, but there’s no rush on that.

“I would really enjoy experiencing a different type of football again. I think it will happen at some point and I think I look forward to experiencing football in a different culture because I loved it as a kid as well.”

Eric Dier worthy of a chance in Europe

Dier followed something of an unconventional pathway into the Premier League. Spending his childhood in Portugal, he eventually became a senior player for Sporting before heading back to his country of birth at the age of 20.

Since then, he has amassed plenty of experience in the English top flight. But, with more than half a century of appearances in UEFA competitions to his name too, perhaps he could have broader horizons on his bucket list.

It remains to be seen where he might want to test himself. Back in 2021, he was tipped to follow former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho to Italian side Roma, but nothing ever materialised.

His versatility and return to form will make him an attractive option to many clubs if he keeps his standards high. What’s more, his desire to approach new challenges is admirable. He would be worth a foreign club putting their faith in.

Still, he seems committed to Tottenham for the time being. The chances of a contract renewal still seem to be on the positive side.

For now, he must focus on his performances on the pitch. His next could be against his former club Sporting on Wednesday evening.

It is one of six remaining commitments before the World Cup, where Dier could yet be an asset for England as well. It could be a good stage for him to show overseas sides what he is all about.

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