Huddlestone signs new five-year Spurs deal

June 30, 2008

Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone has signed a new five-year contract at White Hart Lane.

The club announced this afternoon the 21-year-old, called up by England for the recent friendlies against USA and Trinidad and Tobago, has committed his future to the club until 2013.

Huddlestone, signed from Derby for £2.5million three years ago, has made a good impression on manager Juande Ramos during the Spaniard's first season at the club.

He made 43 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring four goals and featuring as a substitute in the Carling Cup final win over Chelsea in February. He also took his tally of England Under-21 caps to 26 before the end of the season.

News of Huddlestone's new deal comes soon after the club confirmed the signing of Italian youth goalkeeper Mirko Ranieri from Perugia.

The 16-year-old is expected to play in the academy team next season.

'Mirko is 6ft 2in and an excellent shot-stopper,' said Spurs sporting director Damien Comolli. 'His distribution and decision-making is improving all the time.

'He is a highly-intelligent individual and another very good young goalkeeper we have attracted to the club.'