Tanguy Ndombele, a Tottenham Hotspur loanee, has claimed that Antonio Conte gave him no other option but to leave the club last summer. This revelation comes just 10 days after Conte and Spurs parted ways following a 3-3 draw at Southampton, which was marked by the Italian coach’s explosive rant.
Conte went about re-shaping his Tottenham squad last summer, and he decided that there was no room for the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Sergio Reguilon, and Harry Winks. While it remains to be seen whether Ndombele will get another chance under a new manager at Tottenham next season, the 26-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance during his time in north London but has failed to produce consistent performances.
Ndombele spent this season on loan in Italy with Napoli, and in a recent interview with So Foot, as relayed by Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, he opened up about his future and why he was forced to leave Tottenham last summer. According to Ndombele, he was pushed out by Conte, and he had no choice but to move to Napoli.
Ndombele said, “I don’t know what my future will be. Many fans ask me to return to Tottenham, but the clubs will decide, and Napoli has an option to buy. I don’t mind being on loan here, but sometimes I see footballers being treated more like commodities than people. With Conte, there was no choice. I would have liked to demonstrate my value on the pitch, but I was on the edge of the group. It was communicated to me from the first day of training with the team.”
The situation is further complicated by the fact that all four players – Ndombele, Lo Celso, Reguilon, and Winks – headed out on loan and will return to north London this summer, with a fresh chance to impress a potential new manager. It will be interesting to see if the new boss, whoever that may be, tries to bring Ndombele back into the squad.
In conclusion, Ndombele’s comments shed light on the internal workings of Tottenham Hotspur and how the departure of a coach can affect the future of players at the club. While there is no doubt that Ndombele is a talented footballer, his inconsistent performances during his time at Tottenham, coupled with Conte’s reshaping of the squad, led to his departure last summer. The situation remains unclear, and it remains to be seen whether he will return to Tottenham or continue his journey with Napoli.