Spurs Exclusive: Mills suggests Ndombele has been 'set up' by Mourinho

Danny Mills has claimed Jose Mourinho may have “set-up” Tanguy Ndombele after Tottenham players were photographed training in a park.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the Spurs manager premeditated the session being photographed so it could be used as evidence that he is providing Ndombele every tool to succeed at the club.

The 23-year-old was pictured partaking in a one-on-one session with Mourinho in a public park in a clear breach of government guidelines on social distancing measures.

The message from the government stated people should only leave their home “alone or with members of your household.”

Ryan Sessegnon and Davinson Sanchez were also photographed training on Hadley Common in north London on Tuesday.

Mills insisted there is always a motive behind the actions of the former Chelsea boss and questioned whether the actions were simply naive.

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“Mourinho has had a lot of issues with Ndombele,” he told Football Insider.

“He has called him out on several occasions about his fitness, effort and everything else. It is interesting that he was working with Ndombele – in a full, purple kit. They could have done that at the training ground.

“Mourinho does not do anything without thought. Has he got to a point where he can now call out Ndombele if he is not doing it? He can now say, “Look. We did everything possible. We were even working with him…”

“Is there an opportunity now for Mourinho if he does not perform? A premeditated set-up.”

Mourinho publicly criticised the £63million summer signing for his performance against Burnley in which he was taken off at half-time.

Players have been instructed not to train together by the governing authorities until mid-May with COVID-19 currently peaking in the UK.

In other Tottenham news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider teenager must leave this summer in search of first-team football.