Pundit claims wantaway Spurs midfielder could unsettle the dressing room

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Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan believes Tanguy Ndombele could unsettle the Tottenham dressing room as disruption surrounding his future continues to swirl.

The 24-year-old has sought multiple exits from Spurs since signing for the club in July 2019, but his desire to leave has only increased this summer.

The Athletic previously reported that Ndombele was open to leaving north London for a bigger European side, with his attention drawn to either Germany on Spain. 

It has also been reported by The Telegraph that Spurs’ director of football Fabio Paratici is actively looking for a buyer before the transfer window shuts on August 31. 

Ndombele still has four years remaining on his current deal at N17, which will make him a pricey asset for potential suitors, especially this summer.

Former Premier League striker Whelan believes Paratici could find it difficult to find an appropriate buyer for Ndombele, with just a day of the transfer window remaining.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “The problem is Tottenham have got a quality player who wants out.

“He has asked to leave the football club. To get a swap deal, you have to find a player of a similar value and quality who also wants to leave.

“There are not many great players out there at the moment who want to leave. A swap deal could be huge, but that’s the conundrum they have.

“Everyone wants to strengthen but they don’t want to let go of their quality players, especially so close to the deadline.

Whelan also believes the want-away Spurs man could unsettle some of his teammates, due to the nature in which he wants to leave the club. 

He added: “He is an unbelievable player on his day but he is getting paid a lot of money and doesn’t want to stay.

“Do you keep him around knowing he doesn’t want to be there? That can rub off on the other players and the environment in the dressing room.”

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Ndombele has divided Spurs fans since his arrival. He has bucket loads of talent and he has demonstrated that at points, but injuries and rather streaky form have only hindered his performances overall.

Realistically, Ndombele may remain Spurs-bound this summer, as a player of his value may be tough to shift for the right price at this stage of the window.

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