Conte bares his teeth as tough decision is made against wayward Tottenham star


Midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is reportedly training alone and away from his Tottenham team-mates, with rumors his days at the club are numbered.

The 25-year-old never really settled in north London after moving from Lyon to Spurs in July 2019. The Lilywhites paid a club record £54million for the France international. But it would be safe to say that they haven’t gotten their money’s worth yet.

Having made 12 starts in his debut campaign, he has started 28 times in 2020-21, with 33 top-flight appearances in total. However, the former Amiens star seems to have regressed this season, with only six league starts in nine outings.

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And he recently erased his notebook after being substituted last Sunday in the FA Cup third round with Morecambe. Antonio Conte fired it in the 69th minute and he responded by slowly walking off the pitch.

Fans showed their displeasure as Ndombele was subsequently left out of the squad for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea. Rumors of a release aren’t going away.

Earlier this week it was suggested that former Spurs chief Jose Mourinho had been in contact about the Frenchman’s signing for Roma. But it is fellow Serie A side Napoli who are believed to be leading the race for his signature.

It remains to be seen if he will leave in January, but there are clearly problems. A report of claims he doesn’t train with his teammates and works alone.

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And when he joins the rest of the group, Conte does not allow him to participate in drills and ball work.

Ndombele finished at Tottenham

Conte is said to be unhappy with the schemer’s behavior and attitude. The Italian tactician remains discreet about his player in public.

But TBEN Radio Five pundit Chris Sutton thinks there is now no return for him at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

“There’s no excuse in this situation to leave this pitch slowly when your team is losing. It’s not understanding what the club is about or what the fans want,” he said. “His team lost a draw in the FA Cup, they were humiliated.

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“It goes against Ndombele. When things like that happen, it’s hard to see him having a future at Spurs.

There is an obvious obstacle to Tottenham dropping the man with seven selections from the Blues: his salary. Ndombele He is said to earn £200,000 a week, a salary that may scare off many clubs.

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