“His words didn’t hurt me.” Ndombele did not allow Mourinho criticism to faze him as he worked on senior return

Never again

Tanguy Ndombele became Tottenham Hotspurs’ record signing in the summer of 2019. However, Jose Mourinho’s arrival at the club saw the Frenchman become the next in a long list of the Portuguese’s discarded stars.

Whether it has been Paul Pogba at Manchester United or Juan Mata at Chelsea, Mourinho seemingly has a knack for side-lining established starters. A similar occurrence is facing Dele Alli at present.

For Ndombele however he has seemingly escaped the Jose naughty list. Despite reportedly telling Mourinho he would never play for him again, he has now made a complete turnaround.

Scoring a vital goal in Tottenham’s Europa League qualifying campaign. After the winner against Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Mourinho was positive on the former Lyon midfielder.

“Tanguy is in a process of evolution,” Mourinho said. “Last season, he wasn’t. Last season, he was stuck in a situation where I couldn’t see evolution.”

“In this moment, he’s training very, very well. He’s recovering from his injury, he’s recovering physically and today he gave us what we needed in this last 30 minutes.”

Not fazed

That evolution appears to have come to a head as the Frenchman is an integral part of Mourinho’s midfield.

“His words didn’t hurt me. They didn’t necessarily motivate me either. It was just something that I assimilated and took on board. Of course it’s not something that you like to hear, those sort of words, but that was last season and we are looking to the future.”

Ndombele was bullish when asked if he was back to his best. The form which saw him garner interest from the likes of Juventus before making the decision to move to north London.

“I don’t think we have seen the best of Tanguy Ndombele yet. I’m on the right track but there’s still more to come.”

Spurs travel to Belgium to face Antwerp on Thursday 28th at 5:55pm.

See also: Ndombele & Mourinho have made up / Frenchman going through evolution at Tottenham

Jose Mourinho hoping Dele Alli can follow in footsteps of Tottenham teammate Tanguy Ndombele

Never again Tanguy Ndombele became Tottenham Hotspurs’ record signing in the summer of 2019. However, Jose Mourinho’s arrival at the club saw the Frenchman become the next in a long list of the Portuguese’s discarded stars. Whether it has been Paul Pogba at Manchester United or Juan Mata at Chelsea, Mourinho seemingly has a knackFootball (soccer) greatest goals and highlights | 101 Great Goals – Feed

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