Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Tottenham don’t want to sell record-signing Tanguy Ndombele this summer – although the unsettled French midfielder would be prepared to leave the club.
The 23-year-old endured a difficult first campaign in north London – making just 12 Premier League starts last term – with his troubled relationship with Spurs boss Jose Mourinho well publicised in recent months.
Ndombele was singled out by Mourinho for his first-half performance in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Burnley in March and would then make just two substitute appearances once the season resumed after the break for COVID-19 – playing just 64 minutes in total.
The midfielder, who recently contracted Coronavirus according to the Daily Mail, is yet to feature for Spurs in pre-season and heading into the final weeks of the transfer window is still uncertain where he’ll be playing his football next season.
However, Romano believes that Tottenham rate the Frenchman highly and want to keep him, but Mourinho is after more than just talent and wants the club to access their options.
“If an important bid is made, he will not refuse and is prepared to leave,” Romano told Last Word on Spurs podcast.
“He will be very respectful of Tottenham’s decision and it is a particular situation because the board of Tottenham is convinced that Ndombele is a top player.
“He has had a season which is not at his level for his skills and the real problem is that Jose Mourinho is not so happy with the mentality of Ndombele, not the technical part it is just the mentality and he wants more from Ndombele.
“The club do not want to sell him, but Jose wants the club to consider some possible bids.
“For example, Inter Milan were trying to sign him two or three weeks ago and had a new contact with Tottenham after July to try a swap deal with Milan Skriniar, they were considering this opportunity and Inter offered a simple swap deal without any fee for Skriniar but Tottenham do not want to accept this kind of bid. Instead, they also want €20 or £30million to sell Ndombele with Skriniar as part of the deal.
“I think this summer, the Ndombele situation will be particular because the club do not want to sell him. Daniel Levy was so happy one year ago after he signed Ndombele and is convinced he can have a top second season as a Tottenham player but Jose wants more.”