Jose Mourinho has killed off suggestions of a problem with Tanguy Ndombele after the midfielder indicated he didn’t want to play on Boxing Day.
Ndombele, the club’s £54million record signing, told Mourinho on Christmas Day that he didn’t want to be considered for the clash against Brighton due to fitness concerns.
Ndombele’s decision to rule himself out has raised questions over the midfielder’s future, given Mourinho’s infamous hardline demands of his players. But the Tottenham boss insists he respects Ndombele’s honesty and is not ruling the 22-year-old Frenchman out of today’s clash against Norwich. Mourinho said: ‘Football players like to play football. For him to say I don’t feel confident, I don’t feel in the best condition due to my previous injuries, he was just being honest.
I hope after training he can come back to me and say, “I’m ready to help the team”.’