Tottenham suffer blow as Middlesbrough defensive target pens new deal

Date published: Monday 3rd February 2020 4:34 - Rob McCarthy

Middlesbrough have handed a new contract to full-back Djed Spence, news which will come as a blow to Tottenham.

The 19-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal, which will extend his stay at The Riverside until the summer of 2022.

Spence has been outstanding since breaking into the Boro side in December, with several reports claiming that Spurs were keen on the youngster’s signature.

In that time Spence has made 12 appearances for the club, including two against Tottenham in the FA Cup, and established himself as an automatic starter for Jonathan Woodgate’s men.

Speaking of Spence’s new deal, Woodgate told the official Middlesbrough website: “We’re delighted to get Djed tied down for a longer period.

“He has done exceptionally well since he came into the team. He earned the right, and he knows he has to keep working hard.

“We speak a lot and he knows the standards he has set, the standards we expect, and that he has to keep listening, keep working, and keep improving. Djed is a great young talent.

“It’s important we keep our young talent.

“These lads have all earned their opportunities and they have taken them. They are the future of this club, and they all understand the importance of working hard and developing themselves as players.”

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