Tottenham chiefs have told Jose Mourinho they view Tanguy Ndombele as an important player and would not be prepared to take a big loss on him, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles. Ndombele has had a tough first season at Tottenham following his club-record £55million arrival from Lyon.

The Frenchman has started just 12 Premier League matches and was heavily criticised by Mourinho after the 1-1 draw with Burnley in March.

However, the Tottenham board have made Mourinho aware they want to keep Ndombele and it is down to the Portuguese to get the best out of the midfielder.

“My understanding is that [Ndombele] will remain at the club and basically Mourinho’s been told this player is of importance to Tottenham and they’re not prepared to take a loss on him,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.

“So he will have to solve the problem with management and coaching and I think the expectation has been that he will be part of the squad for the coming season and that the interesting part is to see how he responds to that, what Mourinho is capable of drawing from him.

“He has been open in the press and openly critical of the player, that’s a tactic that has worked for Mourinho in the past, it’s part of his management style, but you can certainly argue that it has failed to work as his career has gone on and as players have changed and had higher profile, social media which is something of a bug-bear to Mourinho.”

Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle also believes his former club should keep hold of Ndombele.

“Ndombele I think there’s a player in there, he’s [Mourinho] got to find that,” Hoddle told Premier League Productions.

“Whether he’s gone too far with that lad and they won’t get him back as a player, I don’t know.

“But I truly believe there’s a player in there waiting to come out. If he moved on I think he would be sensational somewhere.”

Mourinho and Ndombele have been criticised for a public meeting during the recent lockdown but Mourinho says the pair did nothing wrong.

“I spent two minutes with him, trying to teach him how to use the WiFi GPS – nothing more than that,” Mourinho said.

“It was nothing. We were working with the players at a distance, on Zoom. We were monitoring the players with WiFi GPS.

“At that time the players were allowed to go and run in the street and the park, which is what they were doing.”

Source: Lewis Winter| Express