Tottenham mainstay admits talks with Poch over contact with rival manager were one-way
By Guy Giles
Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier has spoken out about his conversation with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho that left Mauricio Pochettino fuming.
He has said that the dialogue between him and Pochettino was extensive and more about the manager getting his point across.
Pochettino claims in his new book, A Brave New World, that he passed Dier and Mourinho ‘laughing and speaking in Portuguese’ after United’s win over Spurs last season, something that he found ‘disrespectful.’
Dier was subsequently called into Pochettino’s office for a lengthy chat to set things straight, and the England international has broken his silence over the matter.
As quoted by The Sun, Dier said: “We were talking for a very long time. And all of that week, really, we were in constant dialogue. It was a difficult week for me.
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“The managers point of view was [the friendliness with Mourinho] was disrespectful to him. [The dialogue] was more him getting that message across than me getting my message across.”
Dier, 23, grew up in Portugal and turned professional with boyhood club Sporting Lisbon before signing for Spurs in 2014 for a fee of £4 million.
He continued: “I didn’t want to be disrespectful to anyone. I completely understand where the manager was coming from but I believe I was stuck in the middle of something I couldn’t really affect.”
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