Nuno Espirito Santo on Tanguy Ndombele: It’s not my job to convince players to play for Tottenham

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Nuno Espirito Santo has said the best of Tanguy Ndombele "has to come from himself" and suggested it is not his job to try to convince the Frenchman to play for Tottenham.

Ndombele is yet to be included in a matchday squad since Nuno took charge, having reportedly asked to leave Spurs before the August 31 transfer deadline.

Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho and Ryan Mason all struggled to get the best from the mercurial midfielder before Nuno, who says Ndombele himself holds the key to his potential.

“What happened in the past I can’t even think about and I don’t mention it out of respect," Nuno said after confirming that Ndombele would not be involved in Sunday's visit to Wolves in the Premier League.

"What I can tell you is that Tanguy is with us, he works but we have to speak honestly. And to take the best out of Tanguy, it has to come from himself. It has to come from himself. I don’t want to go much farther than that but it has to come from himself."

Pushed to say more by reporters, Nuno continued: “First of all I must speak to Tanguy before even addressing you.

“We already had a chance to talk but it must come from himself. I said it before: my job here is not to convince players to play for Tottenham Hotspur, it is to prepare players to play for Tottenham Hotspur.”

Ndombele barely featured under Mourinho in the 2019-20 season but was a regular last term until the Portuguese's sacking. He did not feature in the final eight games of the season under interim head coach Mason.

Mourinho once described the 24-year-old as "second to nobody" in terms of talent but frequently lamented his effort and often suggested he had more to give.

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