Tanguy Ndombele has now admitted that he considered leaving Tottenham after just one season in North London come the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
While the Frenchman had taken to life under Pochettino like a duck to water, a series of injuries and a change of head coach left him struggling for minutes.
Spurs’ record signing found appearances few and far between for the second half of the season and was barely seen post lockdown under Mourinho.
This came after Ndombele was publicly criticised by Jose back in March after being removed at half-time against Burnley (Independent).
Just a couple of months into the new season and Ndombele is now an important cog in the Spurs machine, with Mourinho claiming that they missed the Frenchman last Thursday against Antwerp (Football.London).
On the prospect of leaving, he said: “I asked myself the question, but the president said he wanted to keep me. Things are going quite well with the coach this season, each of us has put our egos to one side.”
Ndombele added: “I didn’t play a lot. It wasn’t easy to live with, but it’s a good reality check. A lot of things happened very quickly at the start of my career. The main thing is to get back up”.
“I had to do more. I can understand him [Mourinho] because when you see me, I’m a bit nonchalant, so when I’m not playing, I think it has to be worse. I’ve managed to show him I’m more motivated, that’s what matters.
“It’s going rather well with the manager this season, we’ve each put our ego to one side. There are things I didn’t agree with him on, just like he didn’t on some things with me. I made mistakes, but now it’s going well. We’ve put it behind us, and we try and move on”.
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