Tanguy Ndombele plans to return to Tottenham after Lyon loan

Ndombele scored on his return to London on Thursday night as loan club Lyon held West Ham to a 1-1 draw in the Europa League quarter-final first leg.

The French maverick returned to his former club on a deal until the end of the season on deadline day in January and Lyon have the option of re-signing him permanently for £54m this summer – roughly the same fee Spurs paid them in the summer of 2019.

However, neither Spurs nor Ndombele expect Lyon to exercise the option given the prohibitive sum at stake, leaving the 25-year-old’s future uncertain.

Head coach Antonio Conte sees no future for Ndombele at Spurs, where he will have three more years on his contract this summer, but the hope is that his performances at Lyon will attract interest from other clubs.

Ndombele isn’t the only expensive Spurs signing to have impressed on loan this week, with Giovani Lo Celso named man of the match in Villareal’s 1-0 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final first leg. .

Conte said he was happy for Lo Celso but suggested the Argentine was not suited to English football and insisted the decision to loan him to Spain until the end of the season was still the right one for Spurs.

“I’m really happy with his great performance,” Conte said. “He needed to play with consistency, with continuity. For that reason he went to Spain in a league he knows very well because he played very well and Tottenham bought him when he played in that league.

“Going back there and showing he’s fit is good for everyone, especially because Tottenham paid a lot of money for him. I’m very happy because he’s playing in every game, he’s showing he’s a good player.

“I never said he wasn’t a good player. I said this league is very difficult because it’s not enough to have great quality and it’s important to play with great intensity and strength. But now he is playing with consistency and I am very happy for him. The club made the right choice, yes.”


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