Sporting beat off competition to sign English wonderkid

08 April 2010

Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon have signed 16-year-old Englishman Eric Dier on professional terms, with the player signing a long-term deal at the club. Sporting beat of competition from the Premier Leagues’s top clubs including Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotpsur to sign the player, with the centre – half tipped to be a future England international.

The 16-year-old moved to Portugal eight years ago and despite the language barrier was picked up by Sporting Lisbon and has since worked his way through the ranks performing for the U-15’s, U-17’s, and U-19’s. Paulo Cardoso, who scouted former Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo and current Red Devil Nani, has tipped the centre – half to be a fantastic success and a future England international, with the club snapping the player up ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal.

Sporting have secured the long term future of the stopper amid speculation that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and Spurs manager Harry Redknapp were aware of the player’s qualities.

Dier said: “I feel very fortunate to have such a fantastic opportunity here for me at a massive club like Sporting Lisbon, I’m just going to work hard at my game and look to push on to the First Team squad in the next couple of years.  

“My first targets are to cement my place in the U’19 team, and hopefully put myself in consideration for an England junior cap back home. ”

Dier comes from a sporting family with his Grandfather Ted Croker and Uncle Peter playing for Charlton Athletic while his father was a professional tennis player.