Jose Mourinho offers honest assessment of Tanguy Ndombele

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has spoken about Tanguy Ndombele’s current situation at Tottenham Hotspur.

The Spurs head coach was asked during today’s pre-Everton press conference about the club record signing amid speculation over the course of the summer linking him with a move away from North London (Guardian).

Mourinho has admitted that he has been pleased with the efforts of the former Lyon midfielder in training after recovering from an injury which kept him out of the last few matches of last season.

However, the Portuguese did insist that Ndombele must continue to show commitment and desire to work hard by insisting that the 23-year-old’s potential is clear to see.

Ndombele struggled in his first season in England due to a lack of form and injury issues and was publicly criticised by Mourinho in March for his lethargic first half display in the 1-1 draw against Burnley at Turf Moor. 

He told Football.London: “He’s working very hard. I have to be honest and say he is working better than ever,”

“Of course he finished the season injured, with a very important injury.

“He came back after holidays and of course he was still injured, in spite of doing some work on the recovery process.

“He didn’t start the pre-season with us. When you saw him 45 minutes against Watford it was easy to understand and say he’s not in the best condition, but he trained only two days before that match.

“This week he did not go to the national team and trained every day. Is his condition better today than it was last week? Yes his condition is better and he is working very, very hard.

“So the point now is – can he keep that commitment and desire? If he does it, he has incredible potential.”

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