Tanguy Ndombele training alone as Antonio Conte separates Frenchman from Tottenham first team

By Alasdair Gold

Tanguy Ndombele has been training on his own in recent days, away from the rest of the Tottenham first team squad at Hotspur Way, football.london understands.

The 25-year-old Frenchman was left out of Antonio Conte's squad to face Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg on Wednesday night.

That came after Ndombele incurred the wrath of the Tottenham fans during Sunday's FA Cup tie against Morecambe, walking slowly off the pitch when he was substituted for Oliver Skipp with the team 1-0 down and only appearing to slow down further when the supporters started booing.

He walked straight off down the tunnel before later returning to the Spurs dugout for the game's final stages.

Now football.london understands that during training sessions in recent days at Hotspur Way, Ndombele has come out with the first team on to the pitches but has not been involved in tactical and game work with them and has instead been training alone, with a member of the sports science staff observing him.

The term for the separate training for Ndombele has been described as 'specialised conditioning treatment', but the decision has been a collective one between Conte and the club, with the future of the player still unclear in the aftermath of Sunday's events.

Conte said on Wednesday of Ndombele's absence from the squad: "It was a technical decision but before to take the decision, I don't take the decision if I don't consult the club. There is the club line and I have to follow the club line."

When asked on Friday about whether the Frenchman would be leaving the club in the January transfer window, the Spurs head coach was non-committal.

"In this moment Tanguy Ndombele is a Tottenham player. For this reason, you have to consider him a Tottenham player," was all he would say.

Ndombele has wanted to leave the club repeatedly in recent transfer windows and Tottenham are willing to let him leave should a suitable bid arrive.

However, as one of the club's highest earners and signed from Lyon for a club record fee that could eventually top £60million, finding suitors for the midfielder has not been easy, particularly with his ambitions to play for one of Europe's top sides.

Ndombele has made 91 appearances for Tottenham since arriving in the summer of 2019, scoring ten goals and recording nine assists.

However, he has struggled to find the consistency and regular minutes under various managers during that time.

Conte praised his efforts in training only last week but soon after joining Tottenham himself the Italian had made his opinion clear on the France international.

"I have seen that many managers struggled about his position," Conte told football.london then.

"For sure, Tanguy has the quality but at the same time he has to understand that there is a team and he has to play into the team. It means that it’s important to keep order and to do what the position is asking you to do.

"We are working very hard with Tanguy – he has to work much more than the others because he has some talent but he has to put this talent into the team, for the best of the team, not for the single player."


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