Tottenham confirm defender’s exit until the end of the 2022/23 season

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed Djed Spence has joined Stade Rennes on loan for the rest of the season.

The 22-year-old only arrived in north London following a £12.5 million move from Middlesbrough (Daily Mail) but has only managed a paltry 41 minutes of action across all competitions (transfermarkt).

Football.London reported yesterday that Spence did have opportunities to join Atletico Madrid and Serie A outfit Sassuolo but has instead decided to make the move to France.

Spence was also said to have attracted interest from other Premier League clubs in the form of Leicester City, Brentford and Crystal Palace, however, Spurs were not prepared to include an option for a club to make the move permanent (The Sun).

Spurs boss Antonio Conte has previously made clear that the decision to bring Spence to N17 was struck by the club and not one he was demanding (talkSPORT).

Speaking at last week’s pre-Preston North End press conference, assistant manager Cristian Stellini admitted that the defender needs to improve in training on a regular basis (The Times).

The out-of-favour wing-back underwent a medical with the Ligue 1 side earlier today at Rennes, who already have fellow Tottenham defender Joe Rodon within their ranks on loan until the end of the campaign.

Rennes currently have injury issues on the right side of their defence which will allow the England Under-21 international the opportunity to make his mark in Bruno Génésio’s side, who are currently in fifth place in the French top flight.

Djed Spence
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SpursWeb Opinion

Spence’s move to France will raise some eyebrows, especially since there were said to have been opportunities for him to have potentially joined another Premier League club.

A six-month move to France can only benefit his footballing education if he gets to play week in, week out and will want to come back to north London in the summer to try to have another go at breaking into the manager’s plans.

Hopefully, he can hold down a regular place in France and look to compete against Pedro Porro next season which would allow for the departure of Emerson Royal and also free up a non-homegrown place in the squad.

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