Ndombele says Pochettino ‘knows how to touch people’

Date published: Sunday 7th July 2019 2:46

Tanguy Ndombele has dismissed comparisons with Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante while revealing why he believes Tottenham is the best club for him.

The former Lyon midfielder moved to Spurs last week in a club-record deal which could reach £63million.

Ndombele attracted interest from across Europe, with PSG keen to sign the powerful midfielder who grew up in Paris. But the 22-year-old says he joined Spurs to work with Mauricio Pochettino and to “come out of my cocoon”.

He told L’Equipe: “It was deeply thought through. Tottenham have one of the best managers in the world.

“The fact that he [Pochettino] wants you, it makes you want to come work with him. He was the one who shifted my decision.

“It is difficult to describe but he knows how to touch people, to leave a mark on people. He looked at me in the eyes and said: ‘Come with me, I am sure that you will progress.’

“It is these types of little things that made me want to sign over there. I could see that he really, genuinely wanted me, that he genuinely liked me.”

Ndombele’s style of play has attracted comparisons with France team-mates Pogba and Kante but the midfielder insists he is his own player.

“I have heard it all,” he said. “I am here to make my own path. Paul has made his own in England. I am Tanguy, not the new Michael Essien, not the new Pogba.

“In my head I am ready, but it is the on-pitch stuff that does the talking. Let’s wait for the matches to come and see if I am ready or not.

“I do not have a lot of fears. But it is football; how many people have been good and then the year after, they struggle? We are going to make it so that things go well.”

Ndombele insists he has no regrets over resisting a return to his hometown with PSG and he is relishing the move to London.

“Yes, PSG are a great club, in the city in which I grew up,” he said.

“Today, I am not disappointed. Not at all. Aside from football, as a man, it is better for me to go to London, it will allow me to discover a new country, a new culture of football. I am going to come out of my cocoon.

“I am someone who watches a lot of football, so I know Spurs. I used to watch Robbie Keane, [Dimitar] Berbatov.

“When I look at Tottenham, I see a big European club. It is another dimension. To go to the next level, it was the best choice.”

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