Ndombele Back In Mourinho’s Good Books After Impressing In Plovdiv Win

Tanguy Ndombele’s Tottenham Hotspur career is back on track after the midfielder’s performance in the 2-1 win over Locomotiv Plovdiv on Thursday caught Jose Mourinho’s eye.

Ndombele appeared as a second half substitute and scored the winning goal as Spurs overcame the Bulgarian side to advance to the Europa League third round qualifying stage.

Ndombele looked set to depart Tottenham this summer after failing to impress in his debut season following a club record move from Olympique Lyon last year.

The likes of Barcelona and Juventus were linked with moves for the 23-year-old Frenchman, whose commitment and performances have also been criticised by Mourinho in the past.

The Portuguese manager was however impressed by Ndombele’s performance against Plovdiv and is keen on retaining his services for the season.

"Tanguy is in a process of evolution," Mourinho told reporters. "Last season he wasn't. Last season he was stuck in a situation where I couldn't see evolution. In this moment he's training very, very well.

"He's recovering from his injury, he's recovering physically and today he gave us what we needed in this last 30 minutes.

"In this moment, I believe in Tanguy. I never doubted his quality. Never. I doubted in some moments his motivation and commitment and professional attitude.

"In this moment I believe in him. Today we made this decision together to not start the game because he also feels that he needs a bit more [time], but in this moment I think that Tanguy can do well for us."

Ndombele made 29 appearances and scored two goals for Tottenham last season.

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