Tottenham to make Ndombele train alone after Lyon return - sources

By Wayne Veysey

16th May, 2022 | 7:00am

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Tottenham are set to make Tanguy Ndombele train alone again this summer when he returns from Lyon, Football Insider understands.

The club-record signing re-joined his old side in January on a loan-to-buy deal that has an option to become permanent in the summer.

A Spurs source has told Football Insider that they do not expect Lyon to trigger the £50million-plus option in Ndombele’s loan deal and he is in line to head back to his parent club while his future is sorted.

The midfielder does not figure in Antonio Conte’s plans and another transfer saga is expected in the upcoming window.

Conte stopped the France international training with the first team and made him work by himself prior to his Lyon loan.

A repeat of that set-up is expected in the summer when the senior stars return for pre-season training.

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The 25-year-old has made 14 appearances for Lyon since joining the club in January.

These outings have yielded one goal and two assists.

After immediately being thrown into the starting XI upon his return to his former side, Ndombele’s game time has diminished in recent weeks.

He played the full 90 minutes in Lyon’s first three Europa League knockout games but was hauled off at half-time in 14 April’s 3-0 home loss to West Ham.

He has only started one Ligue 1 game since his side crashed out of the Europa League and was not included in the matchday squad for the three games immediately after the loss.

Ndombele has scored 10 goals in 91 appearances for Spurs.

Two of them came in the 13 appearances he made in the first half of the season.

In other news, the Tottenham board have been told to hand Antonio Conte a £150million war chest after a journalist’s update.