Tanguy Ndombele has informed Tottenham Hotspur that he is open to leaving the club this summer, only two years after becoming the most expensive signing in their history.
The 24-year-old did not play any part in Spurs’ pre-season preparations for the 2021/22 campaign, and he wasn’t selected for the opening day victory over Manchester City, leaving his future very much up in the air.
And The Athletic reports that Ndombele has confirmed to Spurs that he is prepared to move on this summer, having failed to convince new coach Nuno Espirito Santo that he is committed to the club.
It is said that the player has his eyes set on an ambitious move to either Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich.
Santo has said that Ndombele won’t ‘be involved in the squad’ for the trip to Wolves on Sunday, confirming fears that the midfielder is angling for an exit from north London.
“I can be completely honest with you, Tanguy is not going to be involved in the squad on Sunday,” the Portuguese boss stated.
Ndombele joined from Lyon in a record £55m move in the 2019 summer transfer window, but he has failed to deliver on the promise and expectations that surrounded the deal. The Frenchman struggled with injury during his debut season, and endured some very public dressing downs from then-coach Jose Mourinho.
He eventually won Mourinho over with his silky skills in the middle of the park, but he lost his place in the side once again when Ryan Mason was put in temporary charge, following the new Roma manager’s dismissal.
Ndombele has not impressed Santo thus far either, and there appears to be little way back into the fold for the ex-Lyon star. Santo only wants to field players who are 100% committed to the club, and Ndombele’s admission that he is prepared to leave only widens the gap between himself and the first team.
Spurs’ main problem will come in finding a suitable buyer for the midfielder, as Daniel Levy will want to recoup as much as possible of the £55m spent on the transfer, while offloading his hefty £200,000-a-week wages.
Given the state of the transfer market following the covid outbreak and subsequent financial troubles within the sport, finding such a home at this late stage in the transfer window could be an extremely tough ask.