The rumors swirling around Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tanguy Ndombele have died down a little over the past few weeks, with more and more hints emerging that not only are there not that many clubs interested in him, but that Spurs don’t seem very willing to let him go.
That now is corroborated by “The Ornacle,” David Ornstein, who states in a YouTube Q&A video by The Athletic that Spurs are “committed” to making a relationship work with Ndombele and allowing him to prove himself after a pretty disastrous first season in north London.
Here’s the video. If you want to just get to the Tanguy stuff, skip ahead to 4:30”.
“Well I don’t know how the personal relationship is between [Ndombele and Jose Mourinho], but what I do know is that Tottenham are committed to keeping Tanguy Ndombele. They invested heavily in him last summer and they’re not prepared to give up on him after just a year.
“They have had some interest in him, but they’re not interested in selling, and anyway in this climate wouldn’t get back what they paid for him. They’re not going to sell at a loss and they’re going to try to get the best out of him.
“So hopefully for all parties in this situation Tanguy Ndombele can show the sort of form from him in Lyon and be a success at Tottenham.”
Ornstein is about as solid a source as you can get in the football transfer world, so it does appear that unless some capital-enriched club comes in with a massive offer, Ndombele is going to be staying in North London for at least another season. Whether he can repair whatever relationship is left with Jose Mourinho, whether Mourinho will be open to reintegrating him into the first team with consistent minutes, and whether Tanguy takes those opportunities and puts in good performances remains to be seen.
Earlier in the video Ornstein mentioned another rumor about Real Madrid left back Sergio Reguilon, who won the Europa League while on loan at Sevilla and as been linked with Spurs this summer. Ornstein claimed that Madrid has yet to decide what to do with Reguilon; he could be sold this summer, but he could also stay and that it’s up to the club to make a decision before he heads anywhere. It was suggested that if sold Reguilon could command a fee of about €35m, and Ornstein said directly that he’s heard no solid information about any Tottenham interest in the player.