Tanguy Ndombele’s crisis meeting with Daniel Levy and Tottenham turnaround

Midfielder Tanguy Ndombele struggled during his first season at Tottenham, making just 21 Premier League appearances, but has since established himself in North London

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Tottenham star Tanguy Ndombele is now happy under Nuno Espirito Santo after showdown talks with Daniel Levy at the end of the 2019-20 campaign. persuaded him not to leave after a difficult debut campaign.

Spurs chief Levy paid Lyon a club record £53million for Ndombele in July 2019 but he made just 21 Premier League appearances during his first season at the club.

The midfielder, 24, discussed his performances with the Spurs chairman in Amazon’s All Or Nothing documentary

Ndombele said: “If a chairman is seeing something that he is not happy with, it’s normal that he wants to speak to the player about that.

“It was a good meeting, I listened to what he had to say and he listened to me, too. Yeah, perhaps if I’m still at Tottenham today it’s thanks to that meeting.”

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Tanguy Ndombele has become an integral part of Tottenham’s midfield


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But he seven-cap France international has since become a regular at Tottenham, playing 46 games in all competitions last term and scoring in the team’s recent 3-2 win at Newcastle.

Discussing his display against the Toon, Ndombele told The Sun: “I’m not sure if it was my best performance, but it was true that it was a good match for me against Newcastle and a good match for the team.

“It was because of the good preparation of the coach and the team that put me in a position to play like that.”

Ndombele also opened up on his relationship with ex-Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, who failed to get the best out of the squad during his 17-month spell in North London.

Mourinho’s successor Nuno has made a solid start to his Tottenham reign, winning five of his eight Premier League games ahead of Sunday’s trip to West Ham

Comparing the two managers, Ndombele said: “It is true that it was hard at the start with Mourinho but then, over time, we got on much better and the relationship worked much better.

“With any manager, if I don’t like how I’m treated, I’ll say so. At the end of the day, each manager is going to have their own style. They’re two very different people.

“Jose Mourinho is someone who has a hard style of management but he’s always about the club. Nuno is a really nice guy but he’s a bit quieter and keeps himself to himself.”

And Ndombele believes he needs a good run of games to prove he’s worth every penny of the £53m Tottenham spent on him.

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He added: “At the end of the day, you need to play matches and get into the rhythm to find your form.

“When you don’t, when you miss matches, it always takes a bit longer and it is difficult to get that back.

“But I will always do my best to get up to speed and be 100 per cent as soon as I can.”

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