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Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is reportedly in agreement with the club’s board over how Tanguy Ndombele should be dealt with after his FA Cup antics. The Frenchman’s Spurs career has seemingly been on a knife-edge since Conte’s appointment, and with more than two weeks of the January transfer window left, it remains to be seen whether he will stick around.
Ndombele was reportedly one of the players Conte would closely monitor between his appointment and the transfer window opening.
And despite his bumper price-tag and obvious talent, things have failed to turn around for the 25-year-old in north London.
During Spurs’ FA Cup struggle against League One Morecambe, Ndombele was booed as he strolled off the pitch while time was running out for his team-mates to win the game.
He subsequently stormed down the tunnel instead of watching on from the bench, drawing widespread criticism for the way he handled the affair.
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The skilful midfielder was then dropped for Tottenham’s Carabao Cup clash with Chelsea on Wednesday, a game which Spurs lost 1-0.
After the game, Conte suggested that leaving Ndombele out all together was the ‘club line’, and things may have been different if the decision was solely his.
But all parties are reportedly in agreement over the player’s punishment – and he has been asked to train alone this week at Hotspur Way.
Ndombele has been absent during tactical and game work, according to football.london, instead training while under the observation of sports science staff.
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Ndombele reportedly pushed for an exit during the summer, although the club held off on cashing in, presumably because no satisfactory offers had come in for the player.
Understandably, the club have given him every chance to succeed as their record signing, with the fee potentially creeping above £60million.
Recouping most of that sum seems to have become more difficult for Spurs as time has worn on, with fitness issues and questionable performances plaguing Ndombele’s time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Until his prospective exit, the Frenchman can only attempt to change the perception of his manager and the fans if he is given another opportunity to prove his worth on the pitch.
“This type of situation, they are in football,” said Conte of Ndombele’s controversial antics after defeating Morecambe.
“You have to be good to change the opinions. I was a player and it happened sometimes to me that someone was unhappy with my performance.
“This is our life. It’s OK. We have to continue to work and try to be better next time.
“We have to know very well that if we perform well, the fans are happy. If you don’t perform well, the fans are not happy.”
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