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.
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.
“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.
“He told me about United’s interest since last summer  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.”