‘He has an incredible desire’ – Ndombele is already impressing the Napoli manager

Tanguy Ndombele
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Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti has praised Tanguy Ndombele for the impact he has already made since joining the Serie A side. 

Tottenham loaned Ndombele to the Italian outfit for the season after they reached an agreement over an £850,000 loan fee (BBC Sport).

There is also an optional clause included in the deal to sign him permanently next summer for a sum in the region of £25million (90min).

The French midfielder became Spurs’ club-record signing after they paid £63million to Olympique Lyonnais in 2019 (Sky Sports). He is also Tottenham’s joint-highest earner alongside Harry Kane, with a wage package of £200,000-per-week (Spotrac).

Ndombele is reportedly no longer in Antonio Conte’s plans moving forward (Evening Standard) after he failed to convince the Italian over the past year.

However, things could be different in Italy as the 25-year-old has impressed Spalletti during the few training sessions they have shared together so far.

Ndombele failed to make his debut for the Serie A giants in the 4-0 win against Monza on Sunday, but Spalletti revealed ahead of their victory that the Spurs loanee has left a mark on him after showcasing his technical quality and determined mindset.

Speaking in the pre-match presser, as relayed by Napoli’s official website, Spalletti said: “Ndombele can play in any midfield position. I was struck by his enthusiasm when he arrived at Napoli. He has an incredible desire to win and shows great willingness.”

“As soon as I saw him in training, I could envisage him wearing the Azzurri shirt. He’s a powerful player but also has quality. He has great technical ability, especially in pushing the team forward.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

Tottenham will be delighted to hear Spalletti’s words as they could finally stand a chance of getting rid of Ndombele for good should he continue to impress on loan. It could even prompt Napoli to trigger the buy option in the agreement.

With Fabian Ruiz looking likely to switch to Paris Saint-Germain (Gianluca Di Marzio), Ndombele has a great opportunity to cement his authority in Spalletti’s midfield. However, he will have to show a lot more effort if he is to get his career back on track.

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  1. I said all along there is no denying his ability, it’s his mentality that needs fixing. Maybe now he is where he wants to be, he will shine, and I bet he cant wait for Napoli to play us in the Champions League. (That match, although not a cert to happen just feels destined)


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