ERIC DIER insists he is a centre-back — and wants to continue playing there.
The Tottenham star has made a name for himself for both club and England as a holding midfielder.
But he says the time has come for him to play in his preferred role in the centre of defence.
Dier played for Spurs at the back against Wolves on Sunday and, despite his side’s 3-2 defeat, was praised for his display by boss Jose Mourinho.
He said: “It’s obviously very nice of him to see that and that’s the position I see myself playing.
“That’s where I see my future.”
Previous boss Mauricio Pochettino switched Dier to midfield after signing him from Sporting Lisbon for just £4million in 2014 as a right-back who could also play centre-half.
His displays in the middle of the park earned him England recognition and nearly all his 40 caps have been there.
But he said: “The old manager knew where I stood for a long time about my position and centre-back is where I see my future and I think where I can be the best I can be.
“I’m happy I got the chance to play there under Mourinho.
“I always knew it would happen eventually.
“Now I’m at a stage in my career where I want to be playing in my best position.”