Antonio Conte refused to be drawn into any comments on Tanguy Ndombele’s behaviour or performance against Morecambe in his pre-match press conference today.

The Italian insisted that it was not right to discuss the player in front of the media and behind his back, adding that he would talk to Ndombele if he felt he needed to.

These comments came after the Frenchman was taken off early against the League One outfit at the weekend in the FA Cup third round.

At the time, Spurs were 1-0 down and staring down a potentially embarrassing result, before Harry Kane and Lucas Moura saved the day off the bench, along with a superb goal from Harry Winks.

Ndombele was booed as he walked off the pitch without much urgency and was then seen exiting straight down the tunnel rather than staying to watch the comeback (TalkSPORT).

Conte said this on the matter (Football London): “Honestly, I think it’s not right to speak about this type of situation. I think everyone is the owner of his gestures, you understand? I don’t want to speak about this situation.

“I repeat, I don’t like to speak about a player in front of the media. This is not fair. If I have to tell him something or do something to him, I’ll do this in a private way. Not in front of the media. This is not right.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

This is the correct response from Conte. Honestly, Ndombele walking off the pitch slowly was blown out of proportion at the weekend. I think the boos were mainly about his consistently awful performances and work rate over the past year.

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