Jose Mourinho held a one-on-one training session with Tanguy Ndombele in a public park because the Tottenham manager rates him so highly, according to Alex Bruce.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Hull defender insists the 23-year-old has got “huge potential” but that he still has a lot to learn.

Mourinho issued a statement accepting he was wrong to hold a one-to-one session with the France international after images emerged of the pair flouting the guidelines set out by the Government to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

Bruce suggests that the Portuguese boss feels the midfielder deserves special treatment because he has the potential to be so good.

Bruce told Football Insider: “It says a lot and it says a lot about Mourinho as a coach – maybe he’s got very bored at home, as we all are… 

“Mourinho knows Ndombele’s got huge potential, obviously he’s not the finished product. Maybe he thinks that he needs a few one-on-one sessions to get him better and get him used to the demands that he wants.

“He’s making the best of these difficult situations with a couple of one-on-one sessions and you have to respect that.” 

Ndombele has played 27 times across all competitions for Spurs this season, scoring two goals.

However, only 12 of those appearances have come among the starting XI in the Premier League, with Mourinho criticising his fitness levels at various times of the campaign.

In other Tottenham news, Michael Brown has tipped one Spurs starlet to follow in the footsteps of a 40-cap England international.