Blackburn Rovers have confirmed that their academy starlet, Ashley Phillips, who was rumoured to be on Tottenham’s radar, has now signed his first professional contract with the club.
Phillips has broken into Blackburn’s starting lineup this season, having made four appearances in the Championship and two in the League Cup so far (Transfermarkt).
The Daily Mail reported last month that the 17-year-old centre-back had caught the eye of Spurs scouts with his performances for Rovers’ development side last season.
The report added that Tottenham’s managing director of Fabio Paratici was set to watch the teenager in action before the North London club decided on whether to push ahead with an offer.
However, no offer seems to have materialised from Spurs, with the teenager staying put at Ewood Park over the summer.
The Championship club have now announced that the centre-back has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at the club.
✍️ We are delighted to announce that highly-rated defender @AshPhillips05_ has signed his first professional contract.
The England U19s international put pen to paper on a three-year deal until June 2025, the maximum length a 17 year old is permitted to sign.#Rovers 🔵⚪️
— Blackburn Rovers (@Rovers) September 20, 2022
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I am sure that Tottenham, as well as several other Premier League clubs, will continue to keep an eye on Phillips’ development.
Should the teenager do well this season, one would expect top-flight clubs to show interest again in January or next summer.
However, the fact that he has now signed a three-year deal, means that the Rovers can command a decent fee for the defender.
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