Spurs won the race to sign the exciting full-back, but Conte previously admitted that the Spence signing was one made by the club somewhat than the coach, after he was bought for a fee that might reach £20million.
“Spence is an investment of the club,” Conte said in July. “The club desired to do it. I said ‘OK, this player is young but he showed he can grow to be a very good, essential player for us’. The club decided to purchase him.
“The club was very clear with me and said we reached a vital achievement and … now we wish to proceed to grow. To grow along with ambition.
“For the club, it has not been easy to enter the transfer market and sign players free of charge — like Perisic and [Fraser] Forster — and sign players on loan — like [Clement] Lenglet — and sign players with money — like Richarlison and [Yves] Bissouma and Spence.”