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Jose Mourinho. Photo: Tess Derry/PA

Jose Mourinho. Photo: Tess Derry/PA

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Jose Mourinho. Photo: Tess Derry/PA

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho hopes the club can tie up a new contract for Eric Dier.

The England international's current deal expires at the end of next season, but Mourinho says both the club, led by chairman Daniel Levy, and the player are keen to reach an agreement.

Dier has become a key player for Mourinho and has excelled in central defence in the two games since the Premier League resumption.

"My boss Mr Levy tells me that he wants Eric to sign a new contract and Eric tells me that he's more than happy here, especially now that he feels we have a certain idea for him and the deal," the Portuguese said.

"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 it's because I'm waiting for a player to stay with us."

As well as Dier has been playing, he still has the prospect of a lengthy ban hanging over his head following an FA charge for misconduct when he jumped into the crowd after an FA Cup match with Norwich in March.

The case is still being heard by the FA, but Mourinho says he expects Dier to get away without any punishment if the standard has been set by Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi escaping action for grabbing Brighton striker Neal Maupay around the neck.

"I think they made a decision when Guendouzi grabbed the other guy by his neck. The decision was made," Mourinho said. "What else can I expect?"

Spurs have taken four points from their first two games back ahead of today's trip to Sheffield United, but their chances of forcing their way into the Champions League have been hurt by the impressive form of Wolves and Manchester United.

It may be that Tottenham have to settle for the Europa League next season, ending a run of four successive years in the Champions League, but Mourinho would not be too disappointed after joining during the campaign.

"If you tell me I start the season with zero points like everyone else and at the end I am not in a Champions League spot I would say disappointing," he said. "But we are going to fight until we can, until it is mathematically impossible."

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