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Spurs to rebuff Inter Milan’s interest in Ndombele despite inconsistent first season in PL

Tottenham are prepared to keep Tanguy Ndombele and have rejected interest from Inter Milan despite the midfielder’s difficult debut season in English football.

The north London side spent a club-record £55m to sign the France international from Lyon last summer but he has so far failed to justify his expensive price-tag, Ndombele struggling for both form and fitness and failing to win favour with Jose Mourinho following his arrival as manager in November.

Ndombele failed to start a single league fixture since the Premier League‘s restart and his struggles have alerted the attention of clubs across the continent, with Inter Milan having registered an interest in taking the 23-year-old to Italy.

According to the Mail, however, Spurs are prepared to show patience with the midfielder and are reluctant to take such a huge hit on what was a significant investment, with the club prepared to give Ndombele a chance to kick-start his Premier League career next season.

Barcelona have also been reported as potential suitors for the player – who was publicly criticised by Mourinho back in March – though the Spanish giants are not prepared to pay the likely asking price required to prise the Frenchman from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Ndombele’s debut season saw him make just 17 starts across all competitions, scoring two goals and providing a further four assists.

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