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Spurs signing Eric Dier’s delighted to get his chance in the Premier League

PUBLISHED: 18:43 05 August 2014 | UPDATED: 18:43 05 August 2014

Tottenham's new signing Eric Dier in action for England Under-21s

Tottenham's new signing Eric Dier in action for England Under-21s

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Eric Dier cannot wait to get started in the Premier League after the England Under-21 international returned to England to sign for Tottenham.

The 20-year-old centre-back – who can also play as a defensive midfielder – has taken an unusual path so far in his fledgling career, being born in Cheltenham but coming through Sporting Lisbon’s academy in Portugal.

However, Dier is now back in his homeland after making a £4million move to Spurs and signing a five-year deal.

“I’m really excited to be joining such a big club in the Premier League,” he told Spurs TV. “It’s always been my ambition, my dream, to come back to England and play in the Premier League so I’m really happy to be back.

“It’s still the only league that I really watch. Even out in Portugal it’s on the TVs there, it’s the biggest league in the world in my opinion.

“Every year I’ve been there I’ve watched all the Premier League games and obviously watched a lot of Tottenham and I’m really happy to be here.

“Spurs are a massive club. I’ve known about them since I was young, I’ve always enjoyed the way they play – their attacking football - and I think, coming from Portugal, that suits me.

“This season I just want to adapt really quickly to the Premier League and do the best I can, try my hardest and hopefully have a good season.”

Explaining his background, Dier added: “When I moved there [to Portugal] it was nothing to do with football, I moved there because of my family when I was six.

“I just got picked up by Sporting when I was eight and went through their youth system all the way to the first team.

“It’s kind of a strange background, everyone seems surprised by it – an Englishman abroad – but I didn’t go there because of football, it just happened that way.

“At the beginning it was hard because I didn’t really speak the language, so that made it a bit tough. I was seen as a bit of an outsider towards the beginning when I was younger. But once you’ve got the language it’s really easy and I literally became like one of them.

“I don’t think now they see me as English, they pretty much see me as one of their own really. After I picked up the language when I was 12 or 13 it was really easy – just like being here.”

Dier added: “I’ve been in a lot of [England youth] squads with Harry [Kane] and Tom [Carroll] – Harry especially – since I was quite young.

“I know them well, they’re really good lads – and Zeki Fryers as well, I’ve been in a squad with him once. That’ll make it easier to settle in.”

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