Josh Onomah says he wants to stay at Spurs for 'many years to come'

The promising Tottenham midfielder was linked to both Manchester City and Liverpool this summer, before signing a new contract at White Hart Lane.

Talented Tottenham youngster Josh Onomah has been discussing his relationship with the club on the Spurs website, leaving little doubt how committed he is to following the likes of Harry Kane from the academy into the first team.

The 18-year-old has been perceived to be one of the club's greatest prospects for the last couple of seasons, and the attacking midfielder made his debut in the FA Cup tie with Burnley earlier this year.

Such is his talent, there were reports in the Mirror that Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea were interested in recruiting him into their development squads, with City especially pushing to bring in the most talented homegrown players they can get their hands on this summer.

While there had been concern at the lack of development in Onomah's contract situation among Spurs fans as he headed into the final year of his deal, which had possibly played a part in the media's notion that he could leave this summer, the youngster seemed to indicate that to be almost an impossibility as he underlined his history and intent with the club.

Onomah revealed that the success of fellow academy players such as Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Andros Townsend, has served as huge encouragement to those currently on the cusp of coming through.

“Harry, Nabil, Ryan and Andros are inspirational for us," he told the Spurs website. "They have all come through the Academy and they have all given us belief, they have shown that it is possible. It’s great to be around them, to ask their advice and learn from them day to day.

“I’d love to follow in their footsteps. I just want to play for Tottenham for many years to come.”

And Onomah, who is from nearby Enfield, revealed he had been playing in the famous lilywhite colours since the tender age of nine, after successfully completing a short trial before he was even in double figures.

“I’ve been going to White Hart Lane since I was nine," he said. "Watching the games, feeling the passion of the fans, it just makes you want to pull the shirt on and be out there.

"Making my debut last season was an amazing feeling, a massive moment for me and I just hope I can experience it more and more.

"I remember joining the Academy full-time and now I’m 18, I’m delighted to be offered this new deal. As I said, I’d love nothing more than to become a regular in the first team here.”

If Spurs keep churning out such local, long-associated youngsters from their academy, they may have a few more "of their own" to sing about on the terraces.

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