Ndombele explains what he has proven to Mourinho to regain Spurs role

Samuel Bannister
Tanguy Ndombele, Jose Mourinho Tottenham

Tanguy Ndombele says he and Jose Mourinho have worked out their differences and are keen to move forward together with Tottenham.

Ndombele endured a tricky first season at Spurs after joining them from Lyon last summer. He only started 12 games in the Premier League, with the last of those coming in March.

Therefore, there were rumours that Tottenham could cut their losses on Ndombele over the summer. Inter Milan were a potential suitor, and Mourinho wasn’t opposed to the sale.

However, it did not go through, meaning Ndombele has been given a second chance at Spurs. It is one he seems to be taking, as he has already started five league games this season.

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Mourinho has confirmed he has been impressed with the Frenchman’s “evolution”, and Ndombele himself has now revealed how they have turned things around.

Reflecting on his first season in the Premier League, Ndombele told Canal Plus (via Sport Witness): “I didn’t play a lot. It wasn’t easy to live with, but it’s a good reality check.

“A lot of things happened very quickly at the start of my career. The main thing is to get back up.”

The 23-year-old also admitted that he “considered” leaving Tottenham over the summer, but Daniel Levy stood in his way.


Ndombele has proven motivation to Mourinho

Mourinho and Ndombele have not always seen eye to eye, but the midfielder thinks he is beginning to prove his commitment to his boss.

“I had to do more,” he said. “I can understand him because when you see me, I’m a bit nonchalant, so when I’m not playing, I think it has to be worse.

“I’ve managed to show him I’m more motivated, that’s what matters.

“It’s going rather well with the manager this season, we’ve each put our ego to one side.

“There are things I didn’t agree with him on, just like he didn’t on some things with me.

“I made mistakes, but now it’s going well. We’ve put it behind us, and we try and move on.”

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