Tanguy Ndombele could have a problem at Tottenham if Antonio Conte is appointed as the club’s new manager.
Conte was wanted by Tottenham over the summer, but talks over his appointment broke down in the latter stages of negotiations, but it is expected that the former Chelsea manager will move to north London, with a deal that could be announced as early as this evening.
The Italian coach’s ruthless mentality has become somewhat infamous during his time in England with Chelsea, which was summed up perfectly in Conte’s one-to-one interview with Thierry Henry during his spell at Stamford Bridge.
“I always talk about education and respect. I give this, but I demand it,” Conte said to Henry.
“If someone doesn’t have the right attitude during training or the right behaviour, under different circumstances, then I’d rather kill them.
“If a manager closes his eyes and doesn’t want to see the bad situation, he will lose the locker room.”
If Conte is appointed, which is becoming more and more expected with every passing minute, then this could prove to be an issue for Ndombele and his future at Tottenham, with the French midfielder being criticised for his attitude in the past.
Nuno, when speaking about the midfielder in August following speculation over the 24-year-old’s future at Spurs, said that it was not his job to convince players to want to be at the club.
“First of all, I must speak to Tanguy before even addressing you,” Nuno said on Ndombele over the summer.
“We already had a chance to talk but it must come from himself. I said it before: my job here is not to convince players to play for Tottenham Hotspur, it is to prepare players to play for Tottenham Hotspur.”
Ndombele, after those comments from his former manager, forced his way back into the Portuguese coach’s plans with his undeniable talent, but his future at Spurs remains uncertain.
Nuno is not the only one of Ndombele’s previous managers to speak about his attitude, with Jose Mourinho also admitting he doubted the mentality of the former Lyon midfielder.
“Tanguy is in a process of evolution. Last season he wasn’t. He was stuck in a situation where I couldn’t see evolution,” the now Roma boss said.
“Now he is in a moment where he is training very, very well. Today he gave us what we needed in the last 30 minutes.
“Now I believe in Tanguy. I never doubted his ability but last season I doubted his effort and motivation. Now I think that Tanguy can do well for us.”
If Conte is appointed, it might not be so straightforward for Ndombele, with the Italian manager notoriously ruthless with how he deals with players who do not follow his methods with all of their effort.
Ndombele has recently opened the door to leaving Tottenham when he admitted that a move to Paris Saint-Germain remains an option for him in the future, with former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino reportedly eyeing the midfielder.
He told Telefoot in February: “I am a boy from the Paris region. Wearing the Paris jersey one day? Why not – but today I am in Tottenham and it is going well.
“I spoke with Kylian about a possible coming to PSG. Two or three years in a row we discussed it. It didn’t happen and today at Tottenham it’s going well, but why not in the future?”
If Conte is appointed as Tottenham’s new manager, then it will be interesting to see the relationship that he forms with Ndombele and whether he could finally get the best out of the talented Frenchman.