Tottenham has signed Djed Spence, and Antonio Conte has admitted that the club picked him out as a key signing.
Spurs have had a wonderful summer thus far, and they have signed five new players before signing Spence.
As Tottenham and Middlesbrough debated on a deal, this one has been going on for weeks or even months.
Spence has become Tottenham's sixth signing of the summer.
Djed Spence has been signed by Tottenham.
Spence spent a season on loan at Nottingham Forest, helping them win promotion to the Premier League.
Spurs have now swooped in for Spence in the hopes that the 21-year-old would become their long-term right wing back.
Conte has now made a statement on the contract, telling Football London that Spence is a club investment.
Conte stated that Tottenham wanted to make a deal for Spence, and he gave it the go-ahead, believing that he can become an important player for Spurs even if he didnt choose him personally.
Conte said Spence is an investment in the club. The club wanted to do it. I said okay, this player is young, but he showed that he can become a good, important player for us. The club decided to buy him.
This is bound to be blown up into an angle that Conte didnt want Spence and that Tottenham has pushed him onto the Italian.
Conte gave his approval in any event, and he will have watched Spence before approving any transaction, especially in a position as vital to his system as the wing back.
Moreover, this is how football is now structured. Football directors are charged with the task of finding players for the manager, easing the burden on the boss.
Conte had his say when he signed Ivan Perisic, one of his former Inter Milan players, but it's a balancing act.
Tottenham has signed two veterans, Perisic and Fraser Forster, two experienced Premier League players with potential to develop in Yves Bissouma and Richarlison, and one opportunistic loan for Clement Lenglet.
Spence fits perfectly; Tottenham needed a right wing back, they needed strength and speed, and they needed homegrown numbers. Spence ticks all the boxes.
Many like to portray Conte as being impulsive and ready to walk out at any moment, but these Spence remarks are absolutely nothing to be concerned about.