By Alex McLeish

3rd Sep, 2021 | 6:45am

Ex-manager warns of 'toxic' Tottenham training after source shares Ndombele reveal

Alex McLeish has warned of a “toxic” atmosphere at Tottenham after Tanguy Ndombele remained past deadline day.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland manager insisted Nuno Espirito Santo would have to manage the 24-year-old carefully to avoid any training ground issues.

Football Insider revealed (16th August) Ndombele had told club chiefs he wanted to quit the club before Tuesday’s deadline.

A Spurs source told this site a deadline day exit was on the cards after the midfielder reiterated his ‘desperate’ desire to leave but a deal could not be struck.

The record signing still has four years left on his contract in north London.

McLeish suggested Ndombele would have to impress on the training ground to get back into Nuno’s plans.

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He suggested the atmosphere could take a turn if Nuno continues to snub him.

“The only thing they can do, if you’ve not left the club, is to try and impress the manager,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“You can get a situation where you can only train so many players. I’m talking to you from experience. If they’re totally out of the picture then they probably don’t even train with the first team.

“Therefore, if you don’t get them out by a certain window, the agent, the player and the club – the three of them together – should all be planning strategy for the summer.

“That is unless they show something that impresses the manager that they didn’t show before and he brings him into the fold.

“They’re in the Conference League so they still have to name a squad of 25 for competitions.

“If they’re not in that, they won’t be part of the first team. Training six or seven players that are all in the doldrums, that doesn’t make for a good atmosphere.

“I assure you that when you’re holding on players who are unhappy and not playing and they’re training on the same field who are playing, the atmosphere can become toxic.”

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