Tottenham: Djed Spence reveals telling advice on life under Antonio Conte from Ryan Sessegnon

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Ryan Sessegnon told Djed Spence to get ready to work hard as Tottenham’s new signing begins life under Antonio Conte.

The full-backs struck up a friendship during their time at Fulham as teenagers and have reunited in north London following Spence’s initial £12.5million move from Middlesbrough.

“I’ve known Ryan from a young age,” Spence told the club website. “I grew up with him at Fulham and obviously came through the academy with him.

“He was there before me, eventually I came along and we grew up through the ranks from the Under-12s to Under-16s. We played in a Premier League tournament together, won that, Ryan then went up with the first team at a young age and obviously his career has gone very well so far.

“I spoke to him [before signing] and he said just to be prepared to work hard and do a lot of running, so I’m ready for that! I can’t wait to get involved.”

Sessegnon says Spurs fans will find an “aggressive”, “attacking” wing-back who appears to fit Conte’s 3-4-3 system despite the Italian admitting that it was the club who drove the signing, not himself.

“It’s a crazy feeling because at 16, we were playing together,” said Sessegnon.

“I remember it was from the U12s to the U16s and then our careers went on different paths, so to meet up again now where we’re soon to both be 22 is great.

“He’s a very attacking full-back or wing-back. He likes to get down the right, get some crosses in, he’s an aggressive and forward-thinking player, so it’s brilliant that he’s here now.”