Having fallen out of favour with former manager Mauricio Pochettino, Dier initially got back into the team when Jose Mourinho first arrived at Spurs. But he hasn’t started a Premier League game since he was substituted at half-time against Chelsea a few days before Christmas.
The 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season and the Daily Mail writes that he is ‘reluctant’ to sign fresh terms as a result of his recent lack of game time.
Dier is said to want assurances about his place before committing his future to Spurs and is thought to prefer a centre-back role moving forward than his typical defensive midfield position.
If those assurances cannot be given and he refuses to sign, Spurs will be left with little option but to try and sell for as much money as they can this coming summer. The Mail report notes that chairman Daniel Levy is not keen to have another player in the final year of their contract.
Spurs have already been forced to sell Christian Eriksen for as little as £17m, which is a fraction of what he might otherwise have been worth had he not had less than six months on his contract. Toby Alderweireld was in his final year before extending, while Jan Vertonghen is out of contract this summer and will leave as a free agent in June if nothing changes.
Dier was once an automatic starter for Spurs, but he hasn’t been able to recapture his best form since being struck down by appendicitis midway through last season.
“My immune system just really struggled with the medicine after the appendix and I kept on getting ill,” he told The Guardian earlier this season. “People said I was injured but I was never injured. I just kept on falling ill because of [the appendix], which was very frustrating.”