Tanguy Ndombele is set to return to Tottenham Hotspur after his loan spell with Napoli, who are reportedly not interested in signing him.
But, he could get one last chance to shine at Spurs, with new manager Ange Postecoglou looking to bounce back from a dismal season.
According to Italian outlet Il Mattino, Ndombele has ‘already packed his bags’ as he prepares to return to Tottenham after a ‘gregarious season.’
Napoli had the chance to sign the France international permanently for a fee of €30m (approx. £25.8m). But, they have no intention of matching that fee.
During his loan spell, Ndombele played 30 matches in the Serie A, scoring one goal. Although, the majority of his appearances saw him come off the bench.
He did play a role in helping Napoli clinch their first league title since 1990, so, his loan wasn’t all negative. But, the fact that the Italian side turned down the chance to sign him, speaks volumes.
Postecoglou to offer Ndombele final Tottenham chance
However, as previously reported by TEAMtalk, Postecoglou is prepared to offer Ndombele one last chance at Tottenham next season.
The Australian manager reportedly wants to take a ‘close look’ at the midfielder in pre-season, before deciding whether to offload him.
Ndombele has put in a few excellent perfomances in the past. But, he has failed to secure his spot in the Tottenham starting XI for a number of seasons.
Since joining the club in 2019, the 26-year-old has made 91 appearances, scoring 10 goals and making 10 assists.
Ndombele’s contract at Spurs is valid until 2025. Also, given he is on an eye-watering wage of £200,000 per week, it’s unlikely anyone would be willing to take him off their hands, at least on a permanent basis.
This leaves Postecoglou with only two viable options: give him a chance in the team next season, or, loan him out and continue paying some of his wages.
It’s going to be a summer of change at Tottenham, with several high-profile players set to leave the club. The rumours linking Harry Kane to the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid are well-known, for example.
Hugo Lloris is also set to depart the club, while Heung-min Son’s long-term future is in doubt.
With that in mind, there is a lot of pressure on Postecoglou to bring in the right players in the transfer window.
The minimum requirement for the manager will no doubt be to qualify for some form of European football.
So, it will be interesting to see how Tottenham fare next season, and if Ndombele will be involved.