TANGUY NDOMBELE is 'weighing up his options' as he considers his Tottenham future, according to reports.
The midfielder, 24, did not feature for a single minute across the five pre-season matches.
And according to The Athletic, the £55million record signing could leave Spurs before deadline day at the end of August if he remains sidelined.
Ndombele had paternity leave during pre-season but trained and was available for the friendlies with Chelsea and Arsenal – but was simply not picked for the matchday squad by new boss Nuno Espirito Santo.
It looks very unlikely he will be involved against champions Manchester City in their Premier League opener this Sunday as he still needs to win over Santo.
The former Lyon man is a reserved individual who does not like confrontation, so has not approached Nuno with regards to the ongoing omission.
To make matters worse for him, two of his closest friends at Tottenham, Moussa Sissoko and Serge Aurier, could both be on their way out of the club.
The problem for Ndombele and Tottenham, though, is that Spurs splashed out a massive record fee for him just two years ago.
And they tied him down to a six-year contract until 2025 worth £200,000 per week.
That is likely to price out most potential suitors.
Tottenham beat plenty of competition to Ndombele's signature in 2019.
One of those clubs pipped was Paris Saint-Germain.
But they will not be going back in for the midfielder after signing Gini Wijnaldum for free this summer and breaking the bank to bring in Lionel Messi.
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During Ndombele's public struggles with ex-manager Jose Mourinho, he was linked with Barcelona.
But the Spanish club are in financial disarray and cannot register any new players while they are operating way beyond their limits.
It means the incredibly-talented Ndombele may be forced to stay put in North London and try to prove he can fit into Santo's system in midfield.
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