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Mourinho had given up on Tottenham star, but Levy didn’t claims respected journalist
By Bruce Grove -

Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Jose Mourinho was keen to get rid of Tanguy Ndombele this summer, but Daniel Levy’s insistence that the midfielder would not be sold at a loss, and that he wants him to stay and fulfil his potential saved the midfielder’s Spurs career.

Ndombele was signed for 60m euros from Lyon last summer and the Frenchman was expected to help the club build on their run to the final of the Champions League that year.

He was in fine form for Lyon in the French top flight and that was the reason Spurs splashed the cash to land him.

However, he didn’t start his time in England well and as Spurs struggled for form, Mauricio Pochettino was sacked.

Ndombele was quickly identified as one of the players that were not pulling their weight when Mourinho was named the club’s manager.

He fell out with Portuguese boss and when the transfer window opened it seemed as though he would leave the club.

Romano has now revealed that Mourinho was ready to axe him, but Levy intervened.

He said on the Here We Go podcast: “He had a terrible situation last season, he was not the real player we knew. [However,] we have to say congrats to Daniel Levy – the key man in the situation of Ndombele was Daniel Levy.

“According to our info, Mourinho was ready to say, ‘you can leave the club this summer, no problem’. He was ready to let him go. [However,] Daniel Levy always said, ‘we paid €60 million for this player from Lyon one year ago. I won’t sell this player for less than €60 million and I want this player to show his skills here at Tottenham’.

“So, that’s why he’s staying, that’s why he’s happy right now. Also, the situation with Mourinho is improving day by day, they have a good feeling right now. So, congrats to Tottenham, congrats [to] Danny Levy, and I am convinced the player is not moving [in] January, we will see next summer, but about January – he’s not moving, he’s not going anywhere. He’s so happy at Tottenham.”

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ministers cat
ministers cat
1 year ago

I am amazed at the turn round. I was with Jose “get rid of the lazy effer”
I still have a concern that it could easily go south again in the future but he is turning out to be a star.
My preferred pairing of Winks & Sissoko looks in danger of being usurped now.

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
1 year ago
Reply to  ministers cat

Just out of interest, what makes you think “it could easily go south again?

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 year ago

Happy birthday to the the legendary Pele who is 80 today!
I was privileged too see the best World Cup on TV of all time.
That 1970 World Cup final between arguably the greatest Brazilian side ever v
no mugs Italy comprising the likes of Riva and Riviera.
Brazil demolished Italy 4-1. Pure exhibition stuff!

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 year ago

Pele: World Cup wins: 1958, 1962, 1970
1966 (a gap, remind me why??)

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 year ago
mikey hughes
mikey hughes
1 year ago

Levy did the right thing and I’m really glad he stood up to Mou who has an unfortunate history of squabbles with players at clubs. Ndombele is the best midfielder we have currently and I think his ceiling is very high. Potential world class player in the making.
Kudos to our chairman for sorting it out.

David Dillenberg
David Dillenberg
1 year ago
Reply to  mikey hughes

Perhaps an isolated dissenter on this blog as yet to be convinced!

Tappaspur
Tappaspur
1 year ago
Reply to  mikey hughes

How’s that squabbling? He just let the player know I want more from ya or you won’t play. He gave more and now he’s playing. Jose just keeping the amazing talent that he is in line.

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
1 year ago

His performance level is improving, which is an obvious positive. Long may this continue. Hopefully, as his confidence grows he will show more consistency and influence games for longer periods. He has shown glimpses of real quality, so it is a case of more please.

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