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Club plan to send 26-year-old player with ‘excess weight’ back to Tottenham in January

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Galatasaray plan to terminate Tottenham Hotspur star Tanguy Ndombele’s loan deal in January

According to a report from Turkish outlet Superhaber, Galatasaray plan to send Tanguy Ndombele back to Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window.

It is no secret that Spurs have been looking to rid themselves of Ndombele in recent seasons. His loan spells to Olympique Lyonnais and then Napoli are proof enough. The same happened this summer.

He was shipped to Gala on a season-long loan deal but it seems things aren’t going well for him there. The 26-year-old French midfielder has played in only 123 minutes spread across seven matches.

Fabrizio Romano confirms that Tottenham are about to ship out Tanguy Ndombele.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Tanguy Ndombele won the Serie A with Napoli last season. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

This is understandably frustrating the Turkish outfit. The aforementioned report goes on to slam Ndombele brutally, with an English translation of the report done via Google Translate mentioning this sentence:

“Tanguy Ndombele, who literally walks on the field and draws attention with his excess weight, will be dismissed from the team at halftime in line with Okan Buruk’s report.”

What to do?

Spurs undoubtedly made an error when they signed Ndombele for a then club-record amount of £55million in 2019. What makes it worse is that he signed a six-year deal that doesn’t expire until the end of the 2024-25 season.

Kylian Mbappe with Tottenham Hotspur's Tanguy Ndombele for France.
Kylian Mbappe with Tottenham Hotspur’s Tanguy Ndombele for France. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The aforementioned report mentions something Spurs fans witnessed themselves during his stint in north London. He has bags of talent, which he showed during his time at Lyon, and which made Spurs break the bank for him.

But he just hasn’t been able to replicate it here. Injuries, inconsistent form, and more importantly, not trying hard enough when he is on the pitch. He just seems to stroll at times rather than putting in a strong shift like other central midfielders.

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It is something that will naturally frustrate teammates and managers. The comment about his weight seems harsh but one can argue that the Frenchman could get into better shape (who couldn’t, though?). Hopefully, we are able to get him off our books permanently in 2024 and get some cash for him rather than losing him for nothing in 2025.

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