Tottenham defender Eric Dier has hinted at a potential return to his former club, Sporting Lisbon, expressing his strong attachment to the Portuguese side where he spent 12 years of his career.
Speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Dier expressed his fondness for the European club.
He also added that returning to Portugal with his family is a possibility.
He said (via Evening Standard):
“One day I am sure I will be back.”
“I think it is inevitable. If my wife wants to, we’ll come back one day to live when I have finished my career.
“Sporting is my club, it will always be my club, it’s where I spent 12 years. Portugal as well for me is my home. I’m 29 so I hope I have a lot of years left to play. I’m still young. Football is my priority.”
Dier, who was linked with a move away from Spurs during the summer transfer window, chose to remain at Tottenham despite interest from other clubs.
Spurs had initially sought to sell the player, but a lack of incoming defensive signings led to Dier staying put.
Recent reports suggest that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is keen on offloading Dier in January to secure a transfer fee rather than risk losing him for free next summer.
However, Dier reportedly intends to see out his contract at Tottenham and depart on a free transfer at the end of the season, keeping his options open.
He has recently been linked with the likes of AS Roma and Bayern Munich. Whether interest from the European giants sways his mind in January remains to be seen.