Tanguy Ndombele says he “trained well” and has made it clear his Tottenham career “is not over” following his loan move to former club Lyon.
Ndombele showed glimpses of his talent at Spurs, but he never really put together a sustained run of form. He was really supposed to be the driving force of the club’s rebuild following their run to the Champions League final in 2019.
He joined for a club-record £63m fee, but struggled to justify that sum despite claiming he “did not have any pressure”.
And after Spurs fans booed him off the pitch during his final appearance in the FA Cup against Morecambe, a move looked inevitable.
Ligue 1 Lyon have taken him back on loan, with an option to buy in the summer.
“I didn’t hesitate for long. The discussions were quick. I’m happy to be back,” he told RMC Sport at his official unveiling.
“I’ve known five coaches in two-and-a-half-years. It’s not their fault but I had a little trouble at Tottenham. I wanted something else. Lyon, as I know, is better for adaptation.”
Although a successful loan spell could lead to a permanent move, Ndombele says he could yet end up back at Spurs next season.
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“Tottenham is not over, I still belong to the club,” he added. “I did not have any pressure with the amount of my transfer.”
There was rival interest in the 25-year-old from Paris St Germain, but the Frenchman revealed that no concrete offer arrived.
Ndombele: I trained well at Tottenham
Ndombele said: “Discussions with a lot of clubs but there was a gap between words and action.
“I have three-and-a-half-months before the end of the season and Lyon is not bad for me. I left through the front door and it’s a risk to come back. And I took that risk.
“I think I’m a better player than when I left. I learned in England even though it didn’t go well. I’m better physically and mentally.
“I’m ready to play, I trained well at Tottenham. I don’t have time to wait and you have to get used to it quickly. I took the risk of tarnishing my image here by coming back. I’m ready to take it.
“I don’t react to pride but I saw Lyon’s project. It’s interesting for me and for Lyon too.
“Lyon is not the easiest option for me. It’s not easy to come back for three and a half months.”