The Portuguese manager has cast doubts on Tanguy Ndombele’s future at Spurs.
The Frenchman is clearly not in the plans of manager Nuno Santo after being snubbed in the pre-season friendlies, the opening day Premier League match and UEFA Conference League game.
It was the case with the previous managers as Ndombele had difficulties under Jose Mourinho and Ryan Mason.
Now, Santo has opened about Ndombele’s constant rejection, stating it is not his job to convince him play for the club.
“What happened in the past I can’t even think about, I don’t mention out of respect,” the Portuguese boss said.
“What I can tell you is that Tanguy is with us, he works but we have to speak honestly and to take the best out of Tanguy [it] has to come from himself.
“I don’t want to go much further than that but it has to come from himself.
“We already had a chance to talk but it must come from himself. I said it before, my job here is not to convince players to play for Tottenham Hotspur, it is to prepare players to play for Tottenham Hotspur.”
Ndombele joined Spurs in 2019 in a record transfer during the reign of Mauricio Pochettino. But things didn’t go as planned as he failed to exceed the expectations due to injuries.
With the players like Pierre Emile Hojberg, Oliver Skipp and Giovanni Lo Celso up in the pecking order of Santo, Ndombele is expected to be a fringe figure as long as he continues to regain his full fitness.
Now, Spurs have an uphill task of finding the 24-year-old a suitor and his preferred destination is said to be La Liga.