Tanguy Ndombele has hinted he could yet settle back at Tottenham Hotspur after outlining what he wants for the next part of his career.
Ndombele spent the second half of the 2021-22 season on loan at Lyon after failing to establish himself as a Tottenham regular. However, the move did not become permanent.
As a result, the midfielder is now facing a fresh decision over his future. There are still three years remaining on his contract with his parent club.
Whether he can become a part of Antonio Conte’s plans is another matter. Spurs have signed Yves Bissouma already this summer, adding further competition in midfield.
It is likely that Conte would place Bissouma, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur and Oliver Skipp above Ndombele in his pecking order.
It was intimated last month that Tottenham will therefore be looking to offload Ndombele again this summer. They would prefer to sell him but would be willing to sanction a second loan deal.
However, while giving little away, Ndombele has hinted it is not impossible that he could rediscover happiness by returning to Spurs.
“Yes, I think it’s possible to be happy at Tottenham,” he told Media Carre.
“Regardless of where you can go, you can be happy or unhappy. We’ll see how things go during pre-season. I’m not putting any more pressure on myself than that.
“What I want is to be happy, take pleasure in what I do, play, win, that’s all I want.”
Ndombele was a club-record signing for Tottenham at the time of his arrival from Lyon in 2019. However, he has struggled for consistency during his time in the Premier League.
From 91 appearances for Tottenham so far, he has contributed 10 goals and nine assists. It remains to be seen if he will ever get the chance to add to them.
Ndombele could be happier away from Tottenham
Although Ndombele isn’t ruling anything out, perhaps he would find more happiness at a club where he would play more often.
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Still only 25 years old, he should have suitors willing to offer him the chance of reviving his career. A fresh start elsewhere – away from Tottenham or Lyon – may be what he needs.
It would also free him from the scrutiny he has faced during his time in north London. Ndombele would just have to work hard to make a good impression at his next club.
For now, though, he remains contracted to Tottenham.