Tanguy Ndombele has played down comparisons with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
The French international joined Tottenham this week in a club-record £55m deal from Lyon, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side seeing off competition from several of Europe’s leading clubs to win the race for the highly-rated midfielder.
The 22-year-old’s performances have led to comparison with compatriot Pogba, however speaking to French publication L’Equipe, Ndombele says he will make his ‘own path’ following his arrival in the Premier League.
“I have heard it all. I am here to make my own path,” he said.
“Paul has made his own in England. I am Tanguy: not the new [Michael] Essien; not the new Pogba.”
Asked what sort of player he wants to become in north London, Ndombele simply said himself, though the Frenchman is keen to continue improving having emerged as one of the most promising talents in Ligue 1.
“Myself. I want to be myself.
“I want to become the person I am supposed to become. I am here to work, I am 22, I am not at my maximum I don’t think, I hope in any case.”
Since breaking through at Lyon, Ndombele has since earned six caps for the national side. With the likes of Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and Pogba in the French midfield, competition for places is fierce, however, Ndombele is determined to continue his improvement as he bids to become a regular in Didier Deschamp’s side.
“I am not going to say that I am far away, but [Kante and Pogba] are ahead of me. There is work to do, I need to continue to hustle.
“They became world champions, so automatically they are ahead of me. They have more experience than me too. I see it in training during sequences.
“These little details, movements, turns. I am eternally unsatisfied, so I will continue to learn.”