Reports from Italy suggest Tanguy Ndombele will return to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, as Napoli are not interested in signing him permanently after his loan spell.
Ndombele has actually done a good job of getting his career back on track this year with the Italian side, after disappointing at Tottenham since his record-breaking move back in 2019.
With just ten goals and nine assists in 91 appearances for Spurs (Transfermarkt), it’s safe to say Ndombele didn’t live up to his initial hype.
The season-long loan move to Napoli was seen as a chance for the Frenchman to make his mark in a different league and secure a permanent move away from Tottenham.
Initially, it was believed Napoli would have an obligation to buy Ndombele if they qualified for the Champions League this season (Football Insider), something they are going to do.
However, clarification on this came from Football.London, who revealed there is no obligation in place and it will be up to Napoli whether they want to keep the player or not come the end of the season.
Now, it sounds like they will opt against making Ndombele a permanent member of their squad, according to the latest from Gazzetta dello Sport.
When discussing the future of Cristiano Giuntoli, Napoli’s director of football, the report suggests that he is busy trying to find a replacement for Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski.
The reason he is tasked with “identifying a new Zielinski” is linked to the fact “Ndombele will not be redeemed,” according to the report.
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I genuinely thought Napoli might go for Ndombele. I know he’s not set the world alight there but he’s done a decent job as a squad player.
Looks like we’ll be getting him back once again, and we might even have to watch him start afresh with yet another new manager at Spurs.
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