Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Djed Spence from Middlesbrough on Wednesday. The right-back joins the London club on a contract that will run until 2027.
Spence began his youth career at Fulham before joining Middlesbrough at the age of 17 in July 2018. He broke into the Boro first team in 2019 and scored his first goal for the club against Huddersfield, 19 days after making his senior debut.
The right-back joined Nottingham Forest on loan last season and played a major role in the promotion of the club to the Premier League. He was named in the EFL Championship Team Of The Season and PFA Championship team Of The Year.
The 21-year-old was Tottenham’s sixth signing of the summer Transfer Window.
Spence, speaking on the club’s official website, expressed his happiness at making the move to Tottenham, saying that it was his dream to play in the Premier League.
“It’s a dream come true to play in the Premier League at a big club like Tottenham Hotspur. It’s amazing, I’m thankful that I’m here and that I’m going to get the opportunity to play for this club.”
“It’s been a long journey in my career so far, it’s been hard at times but it’s been good as well, and I’ve been working hard to get to where I am now. Of course, everyone wants to play in the Premier League. As a kid, you watch it from when you’re young so it was a target of mine and I’ve finally reached it, so I’m happy.
The right-back also said he wanted to hit the ground running and expressed his happiness in playing under Tottenham boss Antonio Conte.
“Obviously, this is a big club with Champions League football as well, and you’ve got some of the best players who play here, so it’s a privilege to be here and I can’t wait to get going. From what I’ve seen here, it’s very good. I think it will do me good and help me develop as a player a lot (to be in this environment) and I can obviously learn from other people and the experience that they have.”
“From a young age, to go from watching some of the players on TV to now playing with them it’s going to be great and I’m excited to learn from them and take in anything they can offer me. In the Premier League you have high-intensity, good technical players it will be hard, but I think it will be good and I’m ready for the challenge. I’m excited to hit the ground running, hopefully play and try to impress. We have a great manager too from what I’ve seen of him, he’s a top manager and I can’t wait to work under him,” said Spence.