Djed Spence said his goodbyes to Nottingham Forest fans yesterday as he signed a deal with Tottenham. Following his arrival in North London. some intriguing comments from Antonio Conte have emerged.
In an interview with the club’s official website, as quoted by the Daily Mail, the Tottenham boss has claimed it was the club who wanted Spence and not him.
The defender has checked in at Spurs, citing the deal as a dream move. It will hardly fill him with confidence, however, to hear his manager claim that the decision to sign him wasn’t his.
Spence was amazing for Forest last season. He made 44 appearances for the Reds and was part of the team that won promotion back to the Premier League.
It was no secret that he wanted a switch to Tottenham though. The 21-year-old was granted his wish and completed the formalities of his transfer this week.
Now, Conte has been discussing his new capture. It would seem, however, that an amazing revelation has emerged regarding Spence.
“I said, ‘OK, this player is young but he showed he can become a good, important player for us’.
“The club decided to buy him.”
Interestingly, other reports have emerged this week that Tottenham might be looking to offload up to eight players.
On that list that’s doing the rounds, both Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty are listed and if they both leave, Spence will be the only option.
Spence has signed for Tottenham and he has a point to prove
It’s a very bizarre claim from Conte to suggest that he didn’t sign Spence. Even if he was a purchase made by the club, it would give the player some confidence to know his manager likes him.
Now, Spence has to prove a point. He must work hard every day and make that spot on the right-hand side his own ahead of the new season.
It’s a shame that Forest couldn’t get Spence back to the club. According to Chris Wilder, Forest never came forward with a bid but they were aware of his desire to return to London.
Supporters will never forget Spence. He was magnificent for the Reds and as a promotion winner, he goes down in Reds folklore.
For Spence, he looks like he has a really big challenge on his hands. Conte is world-class man-manager thought and it shouldn’t be long before he gets a proper Tottenham chance.