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17th Jul, 2016 | 3:20pm

Mason issues warning to Tottenham duo over starting positions next season

Tottenham star Ryan Mason believes that Eric Dier and Moussa Dembele will not have guaranteed starting places in the Spurs team next season.

The duo featured in a combined 66 games for the north London outfit last season in the Premier League and helped guide Spurs into the Champions League, having finished third in the title race.

Mason, 25, lost his place in central midfield initially through injury last season and subsequently failed to reclaim his starting spot in the side as Dier and Dembele emerged as Mauricio Pochettino’s favoured duo.

“Two seasons ago me and Nabil [Bentaleb] started almost every game together in midfield and last season it was different, Mason told the Evening Standard.

“So next season it is not a foregone conclusion that Dier and Mousa will be in there.”

Pochettino signed Victor Wanyama for £11million last month, leaving Mason even further down the pecking order at White Hart Lane.

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Reports have also linked Stoke and Borussia Dortmund with a possible move for the former Millwall loanee.

Mason featured 22 times in the Premier League for Tottenham in 2015-16 but was mainly used as a substitute, coming off the bench on 14 occasions.

The Spurs man failed to produce much in the attacking third, scoring just two goals and failing to provide a single assist all season.

The player still has four years left on his current deal under Pochettino but a move away from north London could prove to be mutually beneficial to both the player and the club.

In other Tottenham news, Jurgen Locadia has revealed he dreams of following in the footsteps of new Spurs signing Vincent Janssen.