There has been plenty of speculation about Tanguy Ndombele’s future after the midfielder once again failed to get any minutes in Tottenham’s 2-0 win over West Ham on Tuesday.
The Athletic have now revealed the details of what went on behind the scenes between the Spurs boss and the former Lyon man.
They reveal that, while the relationship between the pair is strained, there was no heated argument between them on Monday as reported. Instead, Ndombele is said to have made it clear to Mourinho that he was fit to play.
It is said that while the Spurs boss’ intention has always been to try and get the best out of the midfielder, he feels that the Frenchman has not given him the kind of reaction he was looking for.
The report claims that some players in the dressing room who were previously sympathetic towards Ndombele have now taken Mourinho’s side as they feel the issues between the pair stem from a distinct lack of effort on the midfielder’s part.
However, this is said to be a divisive issue as some others still feel that the Tottenham head coach’s public criticism of Ndombele was not warranted.
While the report reveals that the midfielder will likely be sold if he does not get much game time between now and the end of the season, any talk of transfers at this point is suggested to be premature.
Ndombele is apparently not desperate to leave Spurs, having settled to life in London and developed a good relationship with his teammates.
The report claims that he will be handed a start in one of the three games in six days that Tottenham have coming up. If Ndombele can take his chance, it is suggested that he can still play his way back into Mourinho’s plans.
Spurs Web Opinion
From the outside looking in, Mourinho and Ndombele just seem like diametrically opposed characters who are unlikely to ever get on. Jose is a winner who seeks to gain every little advantage he can over the opposition and he, therefore, demands discipline and maximal effort. Ndombele, on the other hand, seems like a laid back character who is not particularly driven to give his 100 per cent every time he steps on to the pitch. I just cannot see how things will work out between the pair long-term.
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