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Antonio Conte says Tottenham have a young talent who's an absolutely 'perfect prospect' for the club
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Antonio Conte says Tottenham have a young talent who's an absolutely 'perfect prospect' for the club

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has described Djed Spence as a “perfect prospect” for the club.

The Spurs boss was speaking about the 22-year-old at his pre-Fulham press conference on Friday.

Tottenham signed Spence from Middlesbrough in July.

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According to The Guardian, Spurs paid an initial £12.5m, but the fee could rise to £20m with add-ons.

Spurs had been linked with Spence for much of the summer, though talks dragged on for a while.

Tottenham eventually made the England Under-21 ace their sixth signing of the summer.

Spence burst onto the scene last season, dazzling on loan at Nottingham Forest and helping them to promotion.

Now at Spurs, Conte has regularly stressed that the wing-back needs time to adapt to Premier League football.

Last month, the Italian said: “The difference is clear.

“To play in the Championship with Nottingham Forest and then with Tottenham, he needs time to adapt himself in many aspects.

“In the physical aspect and the tactical aspect because now he is working with another coach.

“I’m seeing a lot of desire, a lot of will, from this player to try to reduce this gap and to be ready.”

“An investment”

Spence made his Tottenham debut last week, coming on as a substitute against his former loan club.

On Friday, football.london asked Conte whether he felt the former Boro man was in a position to start.

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“About Djed, I always tell everybody and talk about it being an investment for the club to sign a young player,” he said.

“When you sign a young player you know you have to wait, to work with him to try to improve.

“He is a good prospect, he is a perfect prospect for Tottenham but then if we talk about trying to be competitive to win, for sure we need other signings.

“This has to be very clear because otherwise we make confusion and I want to be very clear under this aspect.

“For sure, he will be a good player for the future for Tottenham.”

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