Tottenham Hotspur have signed Destiny Udogie from Udinese on a five-year deal but have loaned the highly-rated defender back to the Serie A club for the 2022-23 season, the English Premier League side said on Tuesday.

Udogie was impressive for the Italian side last season, with the 19-year-old left back making 37 appearances in all competitions and scoring five times.

Speaking to the media team at Spurs, Udogie:

It is a big honour for me to be here in this big team, big club with a big history,” he said. “I always knew football was inside me. It was always my dream since a child. I started when I was four-years-old. I lived in Verona – 20 minutes from the centre.

My family is there with me. My family is everything because I ask them a lot of questions, they help me a lot, they’re always with me. All of them they are very close to me and important to me.

My father, he always pushed me a lot to be focused and serious on the game and I think this helped me a lot. When I see my friends play, going out, I prefer to stay home and relax for the training.

Hellas Verona was like the big dream. I grew up in Verona so it was the dream of every child in Verona. I was 10-years-old, I did like two weeks of trials and when I and when I entered I said: ‘okay, this is the time for me to settle down and focus.’

Udogie then spoke on what it meant to take the next step and play for Udinese where he scored five goals from wing-back. He said:

It’s a pleasure, it’s a dream to play as professional in Serie A. Tough league.

I like to close the action in the second post so I try to enter in the opposite side as much as I can. I can attack and I can defend. I like to show my quality to attack one versus one, to go against my opponent, dribble.

To conclude his first interview as a Spurs player, Udogie spoke on the personnel he already knows – from the Serie A – at the club, what it means to play under Conte and returning to Udinese on loan. He said:

I think it will be helpful because they played in Serie A as well so it’s going to be more easy for me to enter to the group.

It is an honour for me to play under a big coach like Antonio Conte. I think he knows the football very well and I’m going to grow a lot with him. I think the Premier League is the biggest league in the world. The most difficult and I like challenges, difficult challenges so I’m excited to start and, for me also playing for Tottenham as well – a big team – I think it’s a big dream come true.

I want to grow as much as I can, to grow up, to understand the game a little bit more and play the best season I can in Serie A.

The defender is the club’s seventh signing of a busy summer transfer window for Antonio Conte’s side

Spurs have already welcomed Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Richarlison, Yves Bissouma, Clement Lenglet and Djed Spence to the squad.

Conte’s side are fourth in the table after two games and next host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

By Amara

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