New deal for Caulker
Tottenham defender Steven Caulker has signed a new four-year contract, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.
Caulker signed his first professional deal with Tottenham in 2008 and he has since enjoyed successful loan spells at Swansea, Yeovil and Bristol City.
The 20-year-old has also established himself as a regular in the England Under-21 set-up and was recently called up to the Team GB football squad for the Olympics.
Caulker recovered from a knee injury to impress during his time at Swansea last season, and previous Spurs boss Harry Redknapp had tipped the youngster for a bright future.
Caulker, who has made only one appearance for Tottenham, has been at the club for the last five years and he is now hoping to challenge the likes of Michael Dawson, Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen, who is expected to sign from Ajax, for a place in Spurs' first team.
"I have been here since I was 15. I worked my way through and hopefully this is the year I get my opportunity and it's up to me to take it," Caulker told Spurs TV Online.
"I have just had a chat with the manager. It's nice to see that I am in his plans. It's nice to hear I have his confidence and his backing so I am looking forward to next season.
"I will have to work hard this year. There are some fantastic centre halves so it's not going to be an easy ride but I have confidence and hopefully with a bit of hard work it will pay off.
"I have been here since I was 15. The club have supported me in the last four or five years so now it's down to me pay them back. Last year Tottenham were the most exciting team to watch so to be part of that this year. especially under a new manager, is something I relish."
New boss Andre Villas-Boas is determined to lower the average age of the first-team squad at White Hart Lane and chairman Daniel Levy hinted earlier this week that the club would start to look to bring more youngsters into the senior set-up from the youth ranks.