Levy has risked upset among Tottenham players as mammoth bid prepared - report
By Harry Sykes
Daniel Levy has risked upsetting the Tottenham players by warning this week there will be no further pay rises, according to a report.
The Mail claim Spurs are not interested in cashing in on their key players and will snub growing interest from Manchester United in Eric Dier.
It is said that United are preparing a £40million offer for Dier, who has caught the eye of manager Jose Mourinho for his ability to play in central midfield and across the defence.
The Mail report that Spurs are not concerned about the England international’s head being turned even though his salary of £50,000-a-week is by no means an extortionate one for a mainstay of the one of the Premier League’s outstanding sides.
United’s sustained interest in Dier comes in a week in which Tottenham chairman Levy warned the senior players they are all tied to long-term contracts and the club will not be held to ransom just because the team has had a fine season and rivals are interested in making bids.
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Premier League big hitters have also been linked with summer swoops for the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Harry Kane and Dele Alli in addition to Dier.
In a recent meeting between the board and members of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, Levy delivered what many fans will consider to be the perfect response to fidgety players.
“DL [Levy] said all players were under contracts, contracts they were happy to sign at the time,” the minutes of the meeting recorded, as quoted by the Standard.
“They would be expected to honour those contracts. They wouldn’t have had a reduction if things had gone badly. DL said no player would be sold who Tottenham didn’t want to sell for non-footballing reasons.”
Bar defensive kingpin Toby Alderweireld, virtually the entire Spurs first-team squad have signed at least one new contract since the start of 2016 as Levy and his fellow officials acted to protect the club’s main assets.
It comes at a time when Tottenham are closing in on their highest finish in the Premier League era after already securing their record points total in the competition.
Spurs’ title hopes suffered a devastating blow at the weekend when they lost to West Ham and Chelsea will secure the league crown if they beat West Brom on Friday night.