An interesting story has been doing rounds in the media as to how Mauricio Pochettino convinced Tanguy Ndombele to join him at Tottenham.
Spurs ended their 18-month transfer draught on Tuesday after completing deals for Leeds United player of the year Jack Clarke and their club record signing Tanguy Ndombele.
Five years ago, Tanguy Ndombélé was released from Guingamp academy. He had no club and felt that football was over for him. Four years ago, he was playing in France’s 5th division with Amiens then in the 2nd division a year later. Today he has signed for Tottenham. Never give up.
— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) 2 July 2019
The Frenchman’s reported £63m transfer fee has surpassed the £42m the Lilywhites paid for Davinson Sanchez’s signature a couple of years ago.
Tottenham have had to fend off competition from the likes of Manchester United and Juventus for the Frenchman’s services and their charismatic manager Mauricio Pochettino proved to be the difference maker.
According to L’equipe, the Argentine convinced Ndomebele with his ambitions and plans for him and the club.
As quoted by Get French Football News, the report says: “At the end of June, meetings in London occurred discreetly – Mauricio Pochettino, accompanied by his assistant and francophone (thus also translator) Miguel D’Agostino, made a strong impression on Ndombele.
“Poch talked ambitions, specific positioning, how he would be used, methods of work – with his no bull**** attitude, Ndombele was convinced.
“Pochettino said the following to the player: “I know that it is going to be difficult but I want to keep you as the Tanguy that you are. The Tanguy who pushes on, who breaks the lines.”
Tanguy Ndombele – The world's most wanted midfielder. pic.twitter.com/aH5rYBJAtg
— Transfer News (@TransfersLlVE) 26 June 2019
The France international could make his Spurs debut when the club takes part in the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament later this month.
As fate would have it, his first game in Spurs colours could be against either of the aforementioned two sides who were interested in signing him.