Eric Dier is happy with his increasing leadership role at Tottenham.
The defender hopes he can aid the next generation of players coming through.
“To be here eight years now is something I'm very proud of," he told the club's website. “I've really enjoyed my time here so far and obviously Tottenham holds a special place in my heart, but there's a few of us who have been here a long time now – me, Hugo (Lloris), Harry (Kane), Ben (Davies) – so in a way it's a strange feeling to have enjoyed it over such a long period.
“Obviously the team has changed a lot in that time, lots of new players, but it's always enjoyable to play with new players as well, and to see young players coming through and to try to help them develop and improve. I think we have a lot of very good young players at the moment and I'm enjoying the responsibility of trying to help them, like other players did for me in the past. You can give them so much advice because obviously you've gone through everything that they are going through – it doesn't really matter if it's on the pitch or off the pitch, you can help them in many different ways.
"Then obviously the most important thing is to carry yourself in the right way in order to set a good example for them to follow."