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Midfielder Harry Winks has signed a new Tottenham contract worth £1.8million, Football Insider sources understand.
Spurs announced on Tuesday afternoon that the attacking midfielder has finalised a three-and-a-half-year agreement with the club.
It replaces the deal the 20-year-old signed when he turned professional in 2014 and is regarded by the high-flying north Londoners as reward for his development this season.
A Spurs source has told Football Insider that Winks’ contract is worth £10,000-a-week, and £1.8million in total.
The Academy graduate, who joined Spurs aged six, has made two senior appearances for the senior team, both of them in the Europa League.
Speaking to the Tottenham website, Winks said: “I’ve definitely progressed and I feel I’ve come a long way since the start of the season, I’ve learned a lot from the manager, from the players and everyone around the club.
“I’m really enjoying my time, loving it. I just want to take that next step now and that’s to play a few more minutes and generally kick on.”
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Winks is keen to follow Harry Kane, Tom Carroll, Ryan Mason, Danny Rose and Josh Onomah by progressing from the Academy to the senior squad.
“I train every day with the players, I do exactly the same programme as them and I’m on the same schedule. Naturally, I’d love more minutes but I do believe the training and the hard work I’m putting in means I’m playing my part every day.
“The manager trusts young players and on a personal level, I’m grateful for the chance he’s given me. From my point of view, I now have to repay that faith by playing well and when I get the opportunity, to make sure I take it.”
In other Tottenham news, the club are close to agreeing new terms with Jan Vertonghen.