'The relationship's broken' - Exclusive: Ex-Spurs ace reacts to Sky update on Ndombele

Michael Brown has questioned Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele for his inconsistent performances this season amid Barcelona’s interest in the player.

The former Spurs and Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested clubs will always show interest in the 23-year-old given his on-the-ball talent.

As revealed by Sky Sports, Barcelona want the French midfielder and have offered defenders Samuel Umtiti and Nelson Semedo in return.

The La Liga giants are pursuing swap-deals this summer due to the financial pressures placed upon them by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Ndombele arrived at Spurs last summer in a club-record £63million deal but has been publicly criticised by Jose Mourinho for his performances this season.

Brown told Football Insider: “The criticism has been quite strong on Ndombele from Jose Mourinho so can he handle that, is he up for the challenge or does he see it as he doesn’t like the manager and the relationship’s broken?

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“I think first and foremost, we need to see where that ends up and if it’s something where he can take the criticism. He does need to do better, he does need to be fitter.

“The criticism that comes out is harsh and perhaps could have been kept in the club but let’s be honest, he could do more.

“He’s unbelievable at times when you see him on the ball but you have to contribute more consistency throughout the game, throughout the season at that sort of level.

“I really expected a good season out of him. With that ability and flair, clubs will always be interested in an Ndombele.” 

The central midfielder was under the spotlight this month after he was seen flouting social distancing measures when partaking in a one-on-one training session with Mourinho in a north London park.

Ndombele has made 27 appearances this campaign, scoring twice and providing four assists.

In other Tottenham news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider Spurs target is overpriced at £52million.