Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele says he spoke to Paul Pogba about difficulties with head coach Jose Mourinho.
Ndombele struggled to find form and a regular place within Mourinho’s Spurs side last season and admitted he spoke to Pogba, who himself encountered turbulent periods under the Portuguese during the coach’s time in charge at Manchester United.
“We spoke, we spoke about that but really quickly,” he explained. “It wasn’t like he gave me any advice because our situations were completely different.
“It’s true he worked with Mourinho but my own experiences weren’t the same and each relationship has its own characteristics.”
The 24-year-old’s future at Tottenham appeared uncertain last season with a number of clubs reportedly interested in the former Lyon midfielder, including Inter Milan.
“To be perfectly honest with you I don’t know how close I was to leaving,” he said. “What I know is that I did want to leave. I spoke about this with people at the club and particularly with the chairman.
“The chairman said he didn’t want me to leave and definitely that’s something that really helped. The hardest moments are in the past and I’ve moved forward and things are much better for me and the team and it’s all behind us.
“I wouldn’t really say that I made errors, or particular errors. I think everybody has to take their own responsibility for what goes on in a season and there were things that went on at the club that people know about and things that went on at the club that people don’t know about.
“I’m able now to look back and see what were the aspects of my contribution that I needed to work on and what’s great now is that everything’s moving in the right direction for the team, for the club and for everyone and that’s really satisfying.
“Without a doubt it’s made me stronger mentally. It’s made me and improved me as an athlete, what happened last season, because I wasn’t playing a lot. I was getting injured a lot, which I’m not used to and we were going through the pandemic and times like this you can only grow stronger.
Ndombele has enjoyed more playing time this term, becoming one of Tottenham’s most effective and exciting players this campaign.