Former defender claims Mourinho may feel that Spurs star has a mental weakness

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Dom Le Roy

Former Leeds United and Manchester City defender Danny Mills has suggested that Tanguy Ndombele may have a mental weakness.

Mills has backed Jose Mourinho’s decision to reveal after the Boxing Day game against Brighton that the French international did not wish to be considered for selection (Sky Sports).

Ndombele has had issues with his groin since moving to North London and asked his manager to leave him out of the match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Telegraph).

Following the 2-1 victory, Ndombele was one of a number of players who took part in a  training session on the pitch in N17.

The 23-year-old returned to Mourino’s starting eleven for yesterday evening’s 2-2 draw at Norwich City and played the full match.

Mills has claimed that Mourinho may doubt the mental strength of the club record signing whilst insisting that the Portuguese may be testing his resolve by revealing all to the press.

He told Football Insider when asked if Mourinho was correct to disclose his discussion with Ndombele: “Yeah he might do, but Mourinho will look at the situation and think hang on a minute you’re fit to train so why aren’t you fit to play?

“Medical issues…the physios are fantastic, the doctors are fantastic, everything is looked into, the tests are all done, all stones are unturned.

“Maybe Mourinho thinks it’s a little bit of mental weakness which he will not suffer.

“So maybe he is testing Ndombele by saying okay if you’re going to say you’re not able to play, you’re not injured, so I’m going to tell the world.

“And that’s just being honest, there’s nothing wrong with that and it’s not like Ndombele is one of the most important players at Tottenham.

“He hasn’t been outstanding since his arrival, so I think Mourinho has every right to do that.”


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