By Harry Sykes
Eric Dier is “unhappy” with his situation at Tottenham just weeks after committing to a new long-term contract at the club, according to a report.
The Times claim the England international is disappointed at the amount of game time he has been given by manager Mauricio Pochettino following the summer signing of Victor Wanyama.
It is said that Chelsea and Bayern Munich are among the clubs keeping a close eye on the versatile 22-year-old, who can play either in defence or central midfield.
Dier was dropped for the second time this season when he was omitted from the Spurs starting XI for their 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
With Toby Alderweireld fit to resume at centre-back following a two-month absence, the Englishman was effectively competing with Wanyama and Mousa Dembele for the two central midfield slots.
Pochettino opted to pair the Kenyan and Belgian in the key midfield battleground and Dier was overlooked in favour of midfield rookie Harry Winks when Dembele was forced off after 68 minutes with a foot injury.
Dier signed a new five-year deal at Tottenham in the autumn and the Times report that although he “is unlikely to force a move in January”, the former Sporting Lisbon player “may consider his options next summer if his situation does not improve in the second half of the season”.
Despite his unhappiness at his diminished status this season, Dier has still played 19 matches for Spurs spread across 1,499 minutes of action.
He has slipped down the pecking order following the arrival of Wanyama, who has started all 15 of the club’s Premier League matches in addition to five of their six Champions League games.
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