Italian broadcaster Paolo Esposito has unleashed on Tanguy Ndombele after his performance against Milan, remarking that he now understands why Antonio Conte wanted nothing to do with the midfielder.
Although Ndombele has been very effective as an impact substitute for Napoli for large parts of the season, the midfielder had an outing to forget this week as the Serie A table toppers’ Champions League dream was ended by Milan.
The 26-year-old came on in the 66th minute with his side trailing 2-0 on aggregate and struggled to impact the game as the Rossoneri sealed progression to the semifinals of the competition.
Esposito has now opined on the back of Napoli’s elimination that the on-loan Tottenham man makes too many unforced errors.
He suggested that the Serie A club would not be willing to activate the €30m (£26.4m) clause to sign Ndombele permanently, suggesting that the fee is ‘excessive’ for a player of his quality.
He told Il Pallone Gonfiato (10/04/23 as relayed by Area Napoli and SportWitness) about the Frenchman: “Now I understand why Antonio Conte sent him away from Tottenham.
“He makes absurd mistakes, comes out suddenly from the game, is responsible for the goal Napoli conceded on the occasion of Milan’s momentary advantage through Giroud.
“The footballer is on loan to Napoli, but they have the possibility of buying him out for €30m. In my opinion, Tottenham’s request is excessive.
“The midfielder is not worth all that money, and as I see it not even half. I also spoke about it with the president Aurelio De Laurentiis: for those figures, the player will never be redeemed.”
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While Napoli might not be willing to activate the option for Ndombele, I suspect they will hold conversations with Spurs in an effort to sign the former Lyon man for a lower price.
Tottenham are likely to consider lowering their price as their priority would be to get the Frenchman off their wage bill.
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