Much like the Genoa CEO, Djed Spence appears to be happy with the idea of his time at Tottenham being over and a permanent move with the Serie A side to be agreed.

The defender had a chat with Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday, and was asked a number of questions, including what he felt like arriving at the club.

Genoa had previously tried to sign him in the summer, but the deal was too expensive for them at the time, with Spence leaving Tottenham to head to Leeds on loan.

The defender was then recalled in January when Radu Dragusin was of interest to Spurs, and used as a makeweight in the deal, heading to Italy on a temporary basis but with an option to buy.

That could be triggered at the end of the campaign, and Spence has suggested he would be open to that.

He said: “I knew they had already been looking for me last summer. Now, the right conditions were evidently there to close the operation. I’m satisfied. It’s an important opportunity. I hope that this can be the beginning of a long journey in a club that is growing.

“I found a nice team and a pleasant city. I settled in quickly. They supported me in everything. Everyone in the locker room has helped. There’s a nice atmosphere here. Soon I will start studying Italian. For now, I preferred to concentrate on football.”

Djed Spence has only made six appearances in all competitions for Tottenham since joining them in a €15m move from Middlesbrough in 2022.

He didn’t fully convince Antonio Conte, and failed to do so again with Ange Postecoglou, who has preferred other options in his defence this season.