Middlesbrough fullback Djed Spence turned down “big” interest from Tottenham in order to sign a new deal with the Teessiders, according to the Northern Echo.
It has been a breakout year for the 19-year-old, who has played 12 games for Boro’s first team this season, and he has now been rewarded with a new two and a half year contract. The right-back says he feels the Riverside Stadium is the right place to be in order to develop his game further:
“I want to do well for the club, learn my craft and just keep getting better and better. The manager is the same, he is always on my back because he wants the best for me and the best version of me.”
“There’s a lot of good players here to look up to and gel around. I’m over the moon to sign the new contract, it’s a good feeling and I want to keep it going.”
It was reported last month that Spurs manager Jose Mourinho was a big fan of Spence after being alerted to his talents by his son, following their time together in Fulham’s academy.
The teenager certainly impressed during Middlesbrough’s two cup ties against the Premier League club this season, but the defender’s head wasn’t turned by the interest.
Instead, Spence kept his head down and put in a number of good performances over the past few weeks, which led to him being awarded the Championship’s Young Player of the Month for January.