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Tottenham sign Blackburn defender Phillips

Sat, 5 Aug 2023 Source:

Phillips made 14 appearances for Blackburn in all competitions last season

Tottenham Hotspur have signed England Under-19 centre-back Ashley Phillips from Blackburn Rovers.


The 18-year-old, who played eight times for Rovers in the Championship last season, has signed a five-year deal.

He joined Blackburn aged 12 in 2017 and progressed through the academy before making his first-team debut in 2022.

Tottenham activated his £2m release clause and the defender becomes their sixth summer signing under new manager Ange Postecoglou.

They have also recruited England midfielder James Maddisonexternal-link for £40m from Leicester City and Italian goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario from Serie A side Empoli, while Israel winger Manor Solomon joined on a free transfer after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk.

Loan deals for Sweden forward Dejan Kulusevski from Juventus and Spain full-back Pedro Porro from Sporting Lisbon have also been made permanent.

"I've matured so much at a young age and it really means a lot," said Phillips as he thanked Blackburn for developing his talent.

"Blackburn Rovers will always have a place in my heart and I wish the club all the best going forward."

Phillips has been a regular in England's youth set-up since he switched his allegiance from Wales in 2021 and he captained England Under-18s against Norway in June.

Tottenham's 2023-24 Premier League campaign begins away at Brentford on Saturday, 13 August.

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