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Tottenham star brutally told to ‘mature’ by former boss; Postecoglou to give him one final chance to grow up

Tottenham Hotspur players Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane in action in 2019

Tottenham Hotspur players Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane in action in 2019

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Cristian Stellini has brutally described Tanguy Ndombele as ‘immature’ in a recent bombshell interview. 

The 26-year-old spent last season on loan with Napoli, who seemingly have no intention of signing him permanently this summer.

Now, it remains to be seen whether or not Ange Postecoglou will give Ndombele will give the midfielder one final chance at Tottenham.

Since joining Spurs for a reported fee of £63m in 2019, the France international has made 90 appearances for the London club. scoring 10 goals in the process.

However, Ndombele fell out of favour during the 2021/22 season, when he was shipped out on loan to Ligue 1 side Lyon in January.

Then, Antonio Conte saw no reason to include him in his team last season, deciding to loan him out to Napoli, where contributed to a stunning title-winning campaign.

Given Ndombele’s wage of £200,000-per-week, Napoli have no intention of signing him permanently. But, Postecoglou, surprisingly, is thought to be a big admirer of the midfielder.

So, he could get one final chance to show his worth for Spurs under the Australian manager.

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Stellini rips into Ndombele

However, Postecoglou’s positivity regarding Ndombele is not shared by Stellini, who ripped into the Frenchman in a recent interview. He admitted that he certainly has talent, but criticised his attitude.

Speaking to 1 Football Club, via by Calcio Napoli 24, Stellini said: “He’s a pure talent. On a technical level, and in terms of explosive strength, he’s a pure talent.

“Perhaps he needs to feel pampered too much. He will have to mature in terms of character. In fact, if you’re behind him, he shows that he can guarantee a certain type of response.

“Otherwise, left to himself, he tends to get lost. He’s 26 by now, he is no longer young and it’s necessary to take a certain path.”

With that in mind, some positive reinforcement from Postecoglou could be exactly what Ndombele needs to get his Tottenham career back on track.

What seems certain, though, is that he won’t be leaving on a permanent basis this summer, which is largely due to his hefty wages.

With Ndombele under contract at Tottenham until 2025, Postecoglou may as well try and get the best out of him.

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