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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino reveals Manchester United 'tapped-up' Eric Dier last summer

 

Mourinho identified the England international as one of his top summer transfer targets but Spurs refuse to even discuss the idea of selling him to Manchester United

TOTTENHAM boss Mauricio Pochettino has accused Manchester United of tapping up and destabilising Eric Dier.

Dier was one of Jose Mourinho’s top targets in the summer, but Spurs refused to entertain the notion of selling the England international to United.

 Eric Dier was wanted by Manchester United last summerEric Dier was wanted by Manchester United last summer

Poch recalled how angry he was when he saw his player and Mourinho in conversation last season after Spur’s 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford.

He revealed to the Daily Mail: “I found out that United have made an approach and the player is being destabilised.

“His people have been putting pressure on him, although United are not promising anything.

“Mourinho and I had finished our interviews at Old Trafford (after the 1-0 defeat by Manchester United, December 2016) and the players were doing their warm-down on the pitch.

 Jose Mourinho wanted Eric Dier in the Manchester United midfieldJose Mourinho wanted Eric Dier in the Manchester United midfield
 Poch reveals Man Utd approached Eric DierPoch reveals Man Utd approached Eric Dier
 Jose Mourinho spoke to Eric Dier in Portuguese at Old Trafford last seasonJose Mourinho spoke to Eric Dier in Portuguese at Old Trafford last season
 Mauricio Pochettino told Eric Dier he was staying at SpursMauricio Pochettino told Eric Dier he was staying at Spurs

“When Jose was done with the press, he stood by the entrance to the tunnel and regarded the returning players.

“He greeted Moussa Sissoko and hugged Dier.

“They passed by me en route to the dressing rooms, laughing, speaking in Portuguese.

“Maybe it is a common Mourinho tactic, but he put Eric in a compromising position.

“You cannot do that after a defeat. ‘Are you friends with Mourinho?’ I asked him. ‘No, but I’ve known him a long time, from my time in Portugal… one of his godsons coached me, he always says hello.’

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Poch continued: “I sat down with Eric after lunch on Monday and we chatted for four hours about the whole shebang, his agent, family, confusion.

“As for the Mourinho incident, ‘What could I have done?’ Eric asked me.

 Jose Mourinho spoke to Eric Dier in Portuguese after Man United beat Spurs at Old Trafford last seasonJose Mourinho spoke to Eric Dier in Portuguese after Man United beat Spurs at Old Trafford last season
 Eric Dier admits his conversation with Mourinho in public was wrongEric Dier admits his conversation with Mourinho in public was wrong

“He told me about United’s interest since last summer [2016] and I explained the situation to him clearly.

”Look, you aren’t leaving because you signed a five-year deal with us in August.

“You’re among the highest-paid players at Tottenham at the age of 22.

“You’re important to us and you could become the best centre back in the Premier League.

“Ever since that conversation, Eric admits that he could have waited for Mourinho to be out of sight before heading to the dressing room.”

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/4740853/tottenham-mauricio-pochettino-manchester-united-tapped-up-eric-dier/

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