Antonio Conte will deal with Tanguy Ndombele ‘in private’ and says ‘everyone is the owner of their gestures’ after Frenchman was booed for slow trudge off when Tottenham were losing against Morcambe
- Tanguy Ndombele trudged off the pitch and was booed by Tottenham fans
- He was substituted by Antonio Conte during their FA Cup win over Morcambe
- Conte insisted he will not publicly lambast the midfielder at press conference
- But he did say that the Frenchman must ‘own his gestures’, hinting he is unhappy
While stopping short of publicly berating Tanguy Ndombele, Antonio Conte admitted that the Frenchman must ‘own his gestures’.
Ndombele was booed while trudging off during Tottenham’s FA Cup win over Morcambe, taking an age to get to the sidelines with Spurs 1-0 down at the time.
At Tuesday’s press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg, the manager said: ‘Honestly, I think it’s not right to speak about this type of situation.
Tanguy Ndombele (left) walked slowly off the pitch and was booed by Tottenham fans
‘I think everyone is the owner of his gestures, you understand? I don’t want to speak about this situation.
‘I repeat, I don’t like to speak about a player in front of the media. This is not fair.
‘If I have to tell him something or do something to him, I’ll do this in a private way. Not in front of the media. This is not right.’
Sportsmail learned that Conte had originally planned for Ndombele to stay at the club until at least the end of the season, believing the midfielder had the talent and profile to play a role in his plans moving forward.
Ndombele (left) could now be sold by Tottenham in the January transfer window
But Conte had significant reservations about Ndombele’s work-rate but felt he could motivate the Frenchman to contribute more off the ball.
However, it is understood that Conte is now minded to let Ndombele leave the club during the January transfer window, permanently or on loan
The £55million midfielder earns in the region of £200,000-a-week, an amount that could prove to be an obstacle in finding suitors.