French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, considered a failed signing by Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League, wants to return to Spurs, according to French media outlet FootMercato on Wednesday.
Ndombele was signed by Tottenham in 2019 for £65 million, the club’s highest transfer fee in history.
His £200,000-a-week wages make him one of the highest-paid players in the squad, alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
However, he struggled for form at Olympique Lyonnais after his move to Tottenham, and to make matters worse, he clashed with former manager Mourinho on and off the pitch.
Ndombele, who was also out of favour under Antonio Conte, left Tottenham for Napoli on loan ahead of this season.
Spurs sent Ndombele to Napoli on a release clause with a weekly wage split. The agreed transfer fee is said to be £26 million. Napoli had planned to trigger the release clause if Ndombele performed as well as he did at Olympique Lyonnais. If Ndombele completes the move, it will be a successful loan deal for both Spurs and Napoli, as well as for Ndombele, who failed at Tottenham.
Napoli lifted the Scudetto for the first time in 33 years this season, and Ndombele helped them win it as a late substitute. Ndombele was also presented with a winner’s medal in the final against Sampdoria on 5 May.먹튀검증
However, Napoli have decided not to activate Ndombele’s release clause. The chances of extending his loan are also reportedly slim.
With Napoli’s decision to give up on Ndombele, he will have to return to Spurs when his loan deal with Napoli ends on 30 June. His contract with Spurs runs until 2025.
Ndombele’s decision to return to Tottenham is based on his new manager. The absence of Mourinho and Conte, the two managers who dropped him, gives Ndombele hope that he can turn things around under a new manager. After sacking Conte, Tottenham are on the hunt for a new manager, with Celtic boss Enze Postecoglou currently the favourite. Ndombele’s hopes are also boosted by Spurs’ need for an attacking midfielder. Postecoglou favours a 4-3-3 formation and is confident that Ndombele can play as a defensive midfielder as well as an attacking midfielder.
During his time at Olympique Lyonnais, Ndombele was described as a flexible midfielder with excellent ball-winning ability. The British Express reported on 5 May that Ndombele could make a difference under Postecoglou. “Ndombele’s talent and physicality in the centre of the pitch could provide Tottenham with a vital new element next season,” it said.