Ndombele insists Spurs career ‘not over’ despite ‘little trouble’

Will Ford
Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele

Tanguy Ndombele insists his Tottenham career “is not over” having returned to Lyon on loan in the January transfer window.

Ndombele showed his talent in fits and starts at Spurs, but struggled to justify the club-record £63m fee paid for him in the summer of 2019.

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And the Frenchman admits he had “a little trouble” at Spurs having moved back to Lyon, for whom he’s signed 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.”

Despite the option of a permanent switch in the summer, Ndombele has not ruled out a return to Spurs next season.

“Tottenham is not over, I still belong to the club,” he added. “I did not have any pressure with the amount of my transfer.”

Paris Saint-Germain were among the other interested clubs, but Ndombele revealed there were no offers from elsewhere.

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.”