Speaking to Football Insider, a ‘Tottenham source’ has shared news on Antonio Conte’s plans for Tanguy Ndombele ahead of January.
The Lowdown: Ndombele fighting for future?
The club-record signing has endured a whirlwind time at Spurs filled with many twists and turns since his move from Lyon in the summer of 2019.
Indeed, despite impressing in flashes of form, Ndombele has arguably failed to apply it on a regular basis and his stay in north London has been marred by consistent reports of unrest.
The 24-year-old reportedly informed Tottenham of his desire to leave over the summer, and that wasn’t the first murmur of his unhappiness, with chairman Daniel Levy famously having a sit-down with Ndombele in the ‘All or Nothing’ fly-on-the-wall documentary during his first season at the club.
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As the midfielder is handed another fresh start under Conte, some news has emerged involving the Italian’s stance on the player.
The Latest: Conte makes sale plea…
As per the Spurs source, speaking to Football Insider, after publicly calling out Ndombele’s work ethic, the manager has ‘gone even further behind the scenes’ and ‘made it clear’ that the Lilywhites should listen to offers for him.
The 52-year-old has apparently told Tottenham officials to sell the midfielder and make use of the cash for new incoming signings as he seeks to build his own team.
The Verdict: Right move?
Offloading the France international mid-season will be no easy feat, especially since you’d imagine that Levy and Tottenham will want to recuperate most of the £53.8m they paid to sign him.
He isn’t without his value given his evident ability, as hinted by Spurs’ English players apparently calling him ‘unbelievable’, according to West Ham star Declan Rice.
Meanwhile, talkSPORT pundit Martin Keown hailed Ndombele as ‘underrated in what he does’ – but the difficulty remains that, in the pandemic era, it is arguably unclear whether most clubs would be able to afford a big-money bid in the winter months.
If Conte is to get his wish, managing director Fabio Paratici may just have to pull out all the stops.
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