Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has expressed his wishes for versatile England international Eric Dier to sign a new contract with the club.
Dier, who has made 21 appearances in all competitions for Spurs under Mourinho, has just one year remaining on his current deal, and there have been rumours that he may be on his way out if he doesn't agree new terms.
Mourinho said, as quoted by the Evening Standard: "My boss Mr. Levy tells me that he wants Eric to sign a new contact and Eric tells me that he's more than happy here, more than happy with his situation, especially now that he feels we have a certain idea for him and the deal.
"And he tells me also that he wants very much to stay. So I hope that we can find an agreement because I'm trying to take the team in a certain direction and when I try to develop a player in the team it's because I'm waiting for a player to stay with us."
Mourinho has been playing Dier primarily as a centre back and the 26 year-old has competed both games for Spurs since the restart alongside Colombia international Davinson Sanchez.
Although Dier was often used as a defensive midfielder by former manager Mauricio Pochettino, he has stated that his preferred position is at the heart of defence.
“I have always been very politically correct on the subject because of many different reasons. It’s been something that isn’t new for me. The old manager knew where I stood for a long time about position and centre back is where I see my future and I think where I can be the best I can be."
Dier signed for Spurs in August 2014 from Sporting CP. Since his debut against West Ham - when he scored the winner in a 1-0 victory - he has made 237 appearances for the north London side in all competitions, netting 11 times.