Eric Dier understands the buzz surrounding Gareth Bale’s potential return to Tottenham but insists he is not influenced by any speculation.
Bale could be in line to return to Spurs seven years after the move to Real Madrid, with Los Blancos ready to get the Wales star – who played just 20 times last season – out of their books.
Jonathan Barnett, Bale’s agent, confirmed to Stats Perform News Wednesday that discussions are ongoing over an agreement, though he would not say if an agreement was close.
However, Dier insisted that he and the team would not allow the transfer speculation to impact their performance.
“I’m sure from the point of view of the fans, when you’re connected with a player of this level it’s obviously exciting,” Dier told a news conference ahead of the European League Spurs qualifier against Lokomotiv Plovdiv. .
“For me personally, it doesn’t really affect me in any way. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last time.
“There’s a constant speculation, a lot of different discussions. Every day people try to use newspapers and websites, personally it doesn’t affect me in any way. I’m quite used to it.”
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Dier also added that there had been no discussion about Bale among the team members.
“No, nothing about the WhatsApp group. Obviously there is a lot of speculation and it’s impossible not to see it but it’s not for me to speculate,” said the English international, who does not believe the Spurs coach needs a lift despite a poor performance in his season-opening game against Everton, he said.
“I don’t know because he’s always at Real Madrid, I can’t really talk about a player from another team. He really has nothing to do with me.
“The dressing room is not in a bad place, we had a game. The pre-season was in very difficult circumstances. The mood was very positive in the group.
“I’m always really excited for the season. I feel optimistic. We don’t start in the way we want, but we always feel like we’re in a very good place. It’s about taking every game as it comes and being fully focused on tomorrow. We need a good result. “
Spurs have signed Matt Doherty and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg this transfer window and are also linked with Madrid club mate Sergio Reguilon, but Dier does not believe the team will desperately need fresh faces.
“There’s a lot of new blood in the wardrobe. [Steven] Bergwijn, Gedson Fernandes – Pierre and Matt both came together, ”he said.
“I already feel like it’s a very different lobby. I already feel like there’s a very different dynamic.”
Posted on 16 Sep 2020, 18:02 ET