BBC Arabic journalist Mohamed Alkaoud earlier reported that Tottenham’s Eric Dier joined Saudi Arabia club Al-Nassr.
Alasdair Gold has refuted those claims, saying there is no truth in the rumour.
Dier wasn’t a part of yesterday’s squad against Brentford, but most assumed that was more down to the new world order at Tottenham, which has seen the Englishman stalwart sink down the pecking order like a lead balloon.
Dier unfollowed Tottenham’s official Instagram account earlier in the week. Some think he unfollowed the account and later re-followed it after some threw his apparent distancing from the club under the spotlight.
It’s just Instagram, so we probably shouldn’t read too much into that.
Dier has been heavily criticized by supporters in recent months, even more so than last season. Large swaths of the Tottenham faithful have ostracized him.
The 29-year-old has intentions of staying at Spurs this season, completing his contract before looking for a new opportunity.
It would have been rather unfortunate to see his near-decade run at the club end like this. A loyal servant, Dier has been blighted by his on-the-pitch inconsistencies and curse of committing a costly harebrained blunder.
I can’t say too many people would have been dismayed if the rumour was true.
But Gold’s confirmation means that Dier is staying at Tottenham, at least for now. However, he faces a monstrous uphill battle to recapture his senior position at the club.