Ex-Spurs man claims current star’s wages will be stumbling block in any exit

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Former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes the club will struggle to sell Tanguy Ndombele this summer, due to the Frenchman’s high wages.

Ndombele reportedly told Spurs chiefs that he would like to leave the club before the end of the transfer window, and set his preferred destination as a Spanish or German side competing in the Champions League.

The central midfielder joined Spurs from Ligue 1 side Lyon in a deal worth over £60 million in July 2019, but has endured a rather stop-start career in north London.

The Frenchman’s contract runs until the summer of 2025, meaning that any potential suitors will have to pay the asking price set by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and director of football Fabio Paratici.

But former Spurs man Robinson believes the potential transfer fee won’t be the only problem as wages will be a factor too.

Ndombele currently earns £200,000 a week, which many clubs in the current economic environment may be reluctant to pay.

Speaking on Ndombele’s future in N17, Robinson told Football Insider: “There is obviously an issue off the field. Something is not right. Yes, you can fall out with a manager but to fall out with three consecutive managers just isn’t right.

“He has shown in glimpses what a special player he is but he has not done it consistently.

“He’ll be one of the highest earners at the club as well, there is no doubt about that. It will not be easy to get him out.

“It will be a difficult transfer to put together. Daniel will want the £63million back and Ndombele will not want to take a pay cut at his next club.

“It’s a difficult situation for all parties right now. It needs to be sorted though.”

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The economic environment is very fragile currently, meaning a lot of clubs will be unwilling to shell out that much on a player of Ndombele’s value.

Ultimately, he looks destined to remain in north London for this season at the very least as a result, so hopefully, he can knuckle down and work his way back into consideration in the starting line-up after a turbulent few months.

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