Ndombele Says He Does Not Care About Previous Jose Mourinho Criticism


Tanguy Ndombele says he was neither hurt nor motivated by Jose Mourinho’s public criticism of him after he was hauled off in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw at Burnley last season.
The Frenchman became Spurs’ record signing when he joined from Lyon for £54m in July 2019 but struggled for consistency and received some harsh words from his manager following a lacklustre 45 minutes at Turf Moor in March, with Mourinho stating “I hope next season he can be fantastic because until now it is not enough.”

Ndombele has made an impressive start to the new campaign, however, playing in all six of Tottenham’s Premier League games, including Monday night’s 1-0 win at Burnley.

When asked about Mourinho’s comments after last season’s game at Burnley, Ndombele told Sky Sports News:

“His words didn’t hurt me. They didn’t necessarily motivate me either.

“It was just something that I assimilated and took on board. Of course it’s not something that you like to hear, those sort of words, but that was last season and we are looking to the future.”

The 23-year-old also feels he has a lot more still to offer, adding:

“I don’t think we have seen the best of Tanguy Ndombele yet. I’m on the right track but there’s still more to come.”

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