Antonio Conte admits it wasn't his decision to sign Djed Spence

Antonio Conte admits it wasn’t his decision to sign Djed Spence

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has admitted Djed Spence was a ‘club’ signing rather than his own.

Spurs’ busy summer continued as they completed their sixth contract of the window earlier this week, with the 21-year-old joining Middlesbrough for up to £20million with add-ons.

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Spence has the potential to be a star at Spurs

But Conte admits the deal wasn't entirely his idea

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But Conte admits the deal wasn’t entirely his idea

He will now compete for the right wing position with Matt Doherty, Emerson Royal and Lucas Moura, which Conte is reshaping from his natural wing position.

The Spurs boss gave the green light to a deal for Spence but admitted he was not a player he initially targeted.

Conte said: “Spence is an investment of the club. The club wanted to do it.

“I said ‘OK, this player is young but he has shown that he can become a good and important player for us’. The club decided to buy him.

Conte, however, insisted he was happy with the business Tottenham have done this summer.

Chairman Daniel Levy and Chief Football Officer Fabio Paratici brought in Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Clement Lenglet, Fraser Forster and Spence ahead of the new season.

Conte said: “The club has been very clear with me and said we have achieved an important goal and… now we want to keep growing. Grow together with ambition.

“For the club, it has not been easy to enter the transfer market and sign players for free – like Perisic and Forster – and sign players on loan – like Lenglet – and sign players with money – like Richarlison and Bissouma and Spence.”


Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, as well as general manager Fabio Paratici, have been busy this summer

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Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, as well as general manager Fabio Paratici, have been busy this summer

The north London club have finally landed Spence, who excelled on loan at Nottingham Forest last season, after months of negotiations with Middlesbrough.

Spence called the move a “dream come true” as he prepares to play alongside a number of top players, however, there is one player in the Spurs ranks he already knows well.

Spence said: “I grew up with Ryan (Sessegnon) at Fulham, in the Under-12 to Under-16 ranks.

“We played a Premier League tournament together and we won it. He went with the first team at a young age and obviously his career has been going very well so far.

“It’s a privilege to be here. I can’t wait to meet the players, the staff and the manager and train with everyone and integrate into the team.

It’s unclear if Spurs will make more signings, but the focus for the rest of the window now will surely be on offloading players.

Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Winks, Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon were all left behind during Spurs’ tour of South Korea earlier in July and it is understood they have been told they can leave.

Meanwhile, Royal futures Joe Rodon, Japhet Tanganga, Bryan Gil and Pape Matar Sarr could also all be away from the club, albeit temporarily in some cases.


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