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Antonio Conte hints that Tanguy Ndombele finds it 'difficult to understand' what's needed at Spurs

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‘He’s a midfielder’: Antonio Conte ruthlessly hints that Tanguy Ndombele finds it ‘difficult to understand’ what’s required of him at Spurs… but claims he can ‘count on’ fellow midfielder Harry Winks in north London

  • Tanguy Ndombele has remained a back-up player for Spurs under Antonio Conte
  • The £65m star has started one league game since Conte took over last month
  • Conte has hinted that Ndombele finds it ‘difficult to understand’ what’s needed
  • The Italian has spoken more positively about fellow midfielder Harry Winks 


Antonio Conte has ruthlessly hinted that Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele finds it ‘difficult to understand’ what’s required of him as the Frenchman remains exiled from Spurs’ starting eleven.

The £65million midfielder has started just one league game under Conte, with his other two appearances coming from the bench. 

Last month, the Spurs boss said the Frenchman needed to become more of a team player and challenged him to work harder in order to earn a recall to the starting XI.

Antonio Conte (left) has hinted Tottenham's Tanguy Ndombele (right) has difficulty understanding what's required of him

Antonio Conte (left) has hinted Tottenham’s Tanguy Ndombele (right) has difficulty understanding what’s required of him

Ndombele has started just one league game for Tottenham under new Italian boss Conte

Ndombele has started just one league game for Tottenham under new Italian boss Conte

But Conte refused to confirm whether Ndombele had taken this advice on board and did not rule out the prospect of him leaving the club next month.

‘He is a midfielder. I pay the same attention to every player and in every single session I pay great attention to every single player. My concentration is not only 12, 13 or 14 players for the whole squad.

‘Then there are players that understand before, players that understand very well and then there are other players that need more time or could [find it] difficult to understand the situation.

Conte (right) is happier with Spurs' Harry Winks (left) who he wants to keep at the club

Conte (right) is happier with Spurs’ Harry Winks (left) who he wants to keep at the club

‘It is better for me and the club to speak together and then the situation will be more clear than now. To speak about players [who could] come or go is not right or honest.’

However, Conte did confirm that Harry Winks will not leave the club in January. The midfielder has previously been linked with moves away after falling down the pecking order but has since fought his way back into the starting XI.

In contrast to his comments on Ndombele, Conte said: ‘Winksy is playing well. Winsky showed to be a really able player.

‘For this reason, Winks will stay here. I’m finding out which players are reliable and I can count on them. Winksy showed me I can count on him.’

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