Ash Phillips has shared a heartfelt message after completing a move to Premier League Tottenham Hotspur.

Phillips has put pen to paper over a five-year deal with the London club and joins for a reported £2.5million fee plus add-ons.

The 6’4 defender has enjoyed a remarkable rise over the past 18 months, initially making his Under-21 debut as a 16-year-old and then stepping up to the first team picture within a year.

He played 14 times in all competitions last season, including eight league appearances as Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side finished seventh in the Championship.

“I want to thank the club for everything they’ve done for me, because without the club I wouldn’t be getting this move,” Phillips told the club website.

“I’ve been here since I was 12 years old and from the Academy all the way up to the senior team, it’s been a great experience and I appreciate everything everyone has done for me.

“All the players and staff behind the scenes have helped me so much both on and off the pitch, and I just want to say thank you for my development so far. I’ve matured so much at a young age and it really means a lot.  

“Blackburn Rovers will always have a place in my heart and I wish the club all the best going forward.”

Phillips has been capped by England between Under-17 and Under-19 levels, as well as being named on standby for the Under-20 World Cup.

The 18-year-old signed his first professional contract at Rovers last September, although FIFA rules dictate that any player under the age of 18 can only sign a deal up to three years.

He was named EFL apprentice of the year in the Championship last season, seeing off competition from Jamie Knight-Lebel and Emre Tezgel. Previous winners include Ben Brereton and Jude Bellingham.

Tottenham were initially credited with an interest in Phillips last August prior to his contract extension.