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‘I didn’t hesitate’ – Tanguy Ndombele admits having ‘trouble’ at Tottenham after quitting for Lyon loan transfer return

TANGUY NDOMBELE has admitted he had “trouble” at Tottenham after it was revealed he helped pay for his loan return to Lyon.

The midfielder, signed by Spurs from the French club for a club record fee of £65million in July 2019, scarpered back across the Channel in a deadline day switch after flopping in North London.

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Tanguy Ndombele has rejoined Lyon after struggling at Tottenham

He has rejoined Lyon on loan for the rest of the season with the club having an option of a £45m permanent switch in the summer.

Ndombele was desperate to quick Spurs after a torrid two-and-a-half years which culminated in him being booed by fans during their FA Cup third-round win at home to Morecambe last month.

Lyon director of football Vincent Ponsot claimed the player made a significant financial contribution to his loan exit.

Ponsot told L’Equipe: “It is a loan with an option to buy, which is based on the partial support of the financial part of the transfer.

“But above all, on the part of Tanguy, there were not only words. He was decisive and it is very rare in this field.

“He is one of the players who were not economically accessible but he had done everything to be so.

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“Often, we have words without the facts on the contracts.

“We did our part, we needed a supplement and it was he who provided it.”

Ndombele, who failed to hold down a regular starting place at Tottenham under permanent bosses Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte, as well as caretaker Ryan Mason, jumped at the chance to go back to his old club.

The France international said: “I didn’t hesitate for long. The discussions were quick. I’m happy to be back.

“I’ve known five coaches in two and a half years. It’s not their fault but I had a little trouble at Tottenham. I wanted something else.

“Lyon, as I know, is better for adaptation.”

Ndombele, 25, was linked with a move to Pochettino’s Paris Saint-Germain.

Asked about PSG’s interest, he said: “Discussions with a lot of clubs but a gap between words and action.

“I have three and a half months before the end of the season and Lyon is not bad for me. I left through the front door and it’s a risk to come back. I took that risk.

“I think I’m a better player than when I left. I learned in England even though it didn’t go well. I’m better physically and mentally.”

Ndombele never lived up to his £65m price tag

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Ndombele never lived up to his £65m price tag

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