Tottenham Hotspur shattered their transfer record last week by securing the services of Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele for a fee of €60 million, potentially rising to €70 million with add-ons (Lyon’s official confirmation).
The 22-year-old was one of the most sought after players in Europe this summer and reportedly had many admirers across Europe’s best leagues. Jean Michel Aulas did suggest that a lot of clubs including PSG were interested in signing the French midfielder (GFFN).
In an interview to L’Equipe, Ndombele admitted that he found the whole saga to be quite funny.
He said, ” There were moments where it was even funny. I took it well. Maybe it was to inflate the price, I am not at all vexed by it.
Ndombele further insisted that he had made the right choice by picking Tottenham over many of the other big clubs that were interested in him.
When asked if he understood why people were surprised he chose Spurs given that he was linked with the likes of PSG, Juventus, and Liverpool, he added, “Yes, I do. But when you look closely, I think that it is a very good choice.
“What guided me was the Premier League, the top 4 in England, with a very good manager, who is going to help me to take steps forward.
“I had come to a turning point in my life. You weigh up the pros and cons. And then you decide.
The midfielder further explained how the project at Tottenham was something he was really attracted to.
He added, “They have quite a young team. With very good players. When a club was a Champions’ League finalist this season, you have to look at their project.
“To put €70m on the table for me, it was a strong signal. When I look at Tottenham, I see a big European club. It is another dimension. To go to the next level, it was the best choice.”
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It is not just the fee that Tottenham were willing to pay for Ndombele that sends out a statement but also the fact that a guy who was wanted by all the top clubs in Europe chose to come to Tottenham.
This shows the value of last season’s amazing Champions League run even though it ultimately ended up in disappointment.
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