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Report clarifies if Napoli will be obligated to buy Tottenham’s Tanguy Ndombele with UCL qualification

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Tanguy NDombele of SSC Napoli celebrates with teammate Khvicha Kvaratskhelia after scoring against Torino.

Napoli will not have to buy Tottenham Hotspur’s Tanguy Ndombele with UCL qualification

Tottenham Hotspur sent Tanguy Ndombele on a season-long loan to Napoli last summer and included an option to buy him permanently for 30million Euros.

There had been suggestions in Italy (h/t Football.London) that the option could become an obligation if Napoli qualified for the UEFA Champions League. For many Spurs fans, especially those who would have had enough Ndombele, this was a ray of hope.

The French midfielder has not shown his worth since signing for us from Olympique Lyonnais in 2019. In fact, he can be labelled as a flop due to just how inconsistent he has been under top managers such as Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

Napoli's French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.
Napoli’s French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

But it seems Spurs could have to once again buckle up and look for a solution to Ndombele’s future this summer. That is because according to Football.London, there is no mechanism in the 26-year-old’s deal that will obligate Napoli to buy him if they make the top four.

Bad news for Spurs

Gli Azzurri are one their way to winning the Serie A title with a 16-point lead over second-placed Lazio and nine games left in the season. They hold a 23-point gap over fifth-placed Inter Milan.

In a few weeks’ time, UCL football will be secured for the Naples-based giant and barring a major, major capitulation, Ndombele will be a Serie A champion. He has made 35 appearances across competitions for them.

Ndombele has scored once and made two assists during that time although most of his appearances for the Italian giants have come from the bench. It seems unlikely they will pay such an amount to sign a player they don’t use regularly in the starting XI.

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Still, let’s hope they like what they see with Ndombele and get him off our hands for good at the end of the season. There is always a small chance he can succeed under a new manager here, but he hasn’t shown anything in the past three-and-a-half years to warrant that trust.

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