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Tottenham insists £65m flop Tanguy Ndombele not on chopping block despite Barcelona and Inter Milan interest

SPURS say they are not looking to dump £65million flop Tanguy Ndombele.

Inter Milan want to offer the France star an escape route after his miserable debut season in England.

But Spurs have no plans to sell the midfielder, 23, who has struggled since his club record switch from Lyon last summer.

Form and fitness restricted Ndombele to just 12 Premier League starts and he failed to impress new boss Jose Mourinho, missing the final three matches of the season with a hamstring strain.

Barcelona are also said to be keen but Tottenham say they have not held talks with any clubs and are  willing to give Ndombele another chance to prove his worth next term.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy knows selling him would be too expensive.

The club would be unlikely to recoup all of the over-inflated fee they paid for him.

And they would also have to pay up or come up with a deal to settle the remaining five years of his six-year, £130,000-a-week contract.

Spurs would then have to sign a replacement on similar terms at least and it   could all end up costing them more than £100m.

And with a new £1billion stadium — not to mention the need to pay off a £175m bridging loan from the Bank of England to see them through the corona crunch —  that is money Tottenham simply do not have right now.

So they are having to keep faith with Ndombele in the hope he comes good or decides to chuck in a transfer request and waive payments.

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