Tottenham ‘consider terminating contract’ as club rebuild begins
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Tottenham are reportedly considering the idea of ripping up Tanguy Ndombele’s contract two years early, with the Frenchman’s existing deal set to run until the summer of 2025 as things stand. The north Londoners are widely expected to try to rebuild their squad before the start of next season amid their poor run of form since the departure of Antonio Conte, with Liverpool becoming the latest side to claim all three points against Spurs on Sunday.
Tottenham conceded three goals inside the opening 15 minutes at Anfield before Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Richarlison found the back of the net to draw level with just minutes to spare at the end of the second half. Any hopes of an impressive comeback were quickly dashed, though, when Diogo Jota scored a last-gasp winner moments after Richarlison had equalised to wrap up an important victory for the Reds.
Sunday’s game was the latest in a series of sub-par performances by Tottenham, who recently found themselves on the receiving end of a 6-1 drubbing at Newcastle after another lacklustre home defeat against Bournemouth. Their end-of-season collapse has since been tipped to act as a catalyst for several important changes to be made over the coming months as Daniel Levy looks to lead a summer rebuild in advance of the new campaign.
One of Tottenham’s first moves will be to terminate the contract of Ndombele, according to Sport Mediaset, with the club eager to get him off their books as a result of his failure to realise his full potential since joining them for a club-record fee back in 2019. He arrived to plenty of fanfare and excitement but has struggled to make the most of his time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and has spent this season out on loan at Napoli, where he has started just seven league matches over the course of the entire campaign.
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Napoli are said to have the option to buy Ndombele in the summer for around £26.4million but are not willing to pay that much for a bit-part player, which means that he will be expected to return to Tottenham when the season draws to a close. However, it is claimed that Spurs are looking to ‘get rid’ of the midfielder by terminating his deal with severance pay before the Premier League resumes again in mid-August.
This would open the door for other clubs to land Ndombele for nothing, with Roma and Newcastle said to be among the sides keeping a close eye on his situation as things stand. The only other option for Ndombele would be another loan away from Tottenham next season, although it is said that if Julian Nagelsmann takes over as their new manager, he would want a clean slate to rebuild the squad and will be prepared to offload any stragglers for good.
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It remains to be seen what the future will hold for Ndombele, who is clearly not in Tottenham’s plans as things stand and seemingly finds himself at a crossroads despite having two years left to run on the deal he signed upon joining the club in 2019. He recently explained that he was left with ‘no choice’ but to leave Spurs for Napoli on a temporary basis last summer, with former boss Conte having made it clear that he would not be involved at first-team level if he stayed in north London.
“There was no other solution with Tottenham and I’m happy I chose Napoli,” Ndombele told SoFoot. “With Conte there was no choice, I would have liked to demonstrate my value on the pitch but I was on the edge of the group.
“It was communicated to me from the first day of training with the team. I don’t know what my future will be, many fans ask me to return to Tottenham but the clubs will decide and Napoli have an option to buy. I don’t mind being on loan here but sometimes I see footballers being treated more like commodities than people.”
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