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“I was relieved”- Teenage defender explains decision to pen new contract amid Tottenham interest

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Ashley Phillips reveals why chose Blackburn stay despite Tottenham Hotspur transfer interest interest

Ashley Phillips of Blackburn Rovers has been seriously linked to Tottenham Hotspur recently, but the defender chose to stay at the club and has signed a new contract, as per LancsLive.

He is now on a deal that doesn’t expire before the summer of 2025 and gives a lot of control to the Rovers with regard to controlling the kid’s future. Just 17, he is one of the brightest prospects coming out of the Championship.

Speaking after penning fresh terms, the teenager told LancsLive that he wanted to continue his development at the club. Manager Jon Dahl Tomasson has also given chances to young players such as Tyrhys Dolan and Tyler Morton.

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Ashley Phillips in action for Blackburn Rovers. (Image: @Rovers_Live on Twitter)

That is bound to be in the player’s head as well – that the gaffer at Blackburn could be more inclined to give him minutes at this point in his career as compared to Premier League teams such as Spurs.

“When it finally got over the line, I was relieved. I’m very excited to see what the next three years can bring. I thought to myself that this was the best place for my development.”

“Blackburn Rovers have proved over many years now that they can develop some of the best footballers. I knew this was the place for me. The manager has been really important for me, he has told me he trusts the youth.”

He has made six appearances for them so far this season, and it is hard to imagine that he would have been able to replicate those numbers if he moved to Spurs.

Phillips is young and he needs time to nurture his game before being thrown into the mix of Premier League football on a regular basis. It’s pretty clear that Eric Dier, Cristian Romero, Ben Davies, and Clement Lenglet, among others, would have been ahead of him in the pecking order here.

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His new contract does have an expiry date and the player would hopefully be keen to taste PL football at some point in his career. Hopefully, Spurs keep a track of the 1.92m tall centre-back who is one of the most promising youngsters in the Championship at the moment.

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