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Club president refuses to rule out permanent deal for Spurs midfielder

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has refused to rule out landing Tanguy Ndombele on a permanent transfer.

Last month, the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder joined his former club on a loan deal until the end of the current campaign, which is understood to include the option to make the switch permanent for £54million (Express).

The 25-year-old has already impressed following his return to France with L’Equipe allocating him a rating of 8 following his performance against Nice at the weekend.

Aulas admitted that he was pleased to bring the French international back to the Groupama Stadium and hinted that a deal could be a ‘possibility’ if they manage to win the Europa League.

Success in the Europa League would see the Ligue 1 outfit automatically qualify for next season’s Champions League and also benefit from the financial windfall associated with a place in the competition.

Aulas told RMC Sport: “We have to let a few games pass by, we’re only at the start,” admits.

“I’m very happy that he’s back. With (directors) Bruno Cheyrou and Vincent Ponsot in charge, we needed to negotiate with Tottenham, who bought him for a lot. He played a part in his return by investing in it personally.”

“But if we win the Europa League, anything is possible,” Aulas added.

SpursWeb Opinion

Ndombele has settled in well following his return to Lyon and looked far more comfortable and energetic compared to what was witnessed in England.

Tottenham will certainly be hoping that Lyon are able to raise the funds to take Ndombele off their hands and help to soften the financial blow of the big-money signing.

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