Jose Mourinho dismisses row with Ndombele: There is nothing

Jose Mourinho has dismissed the reports that there are issues between him and Tanguy Ndombele. The France international – the club’s record signing – has not featured for Tottenham during their first two games since the Premier League restart.

After spending the full 90 minutes on the bench in Spurs’ 2-0 win over West Ham United, reports emerged that Ndombele had told Mourinho he would refuse to play for him. Mourinho then dismissed these suggestions. “No. On the bench was Tanguy, [Ryan] Sessegnon, Toby [Alderweireld], [Jan] Vertonghen, Gedson [Fernandes] and they didn’t play.”

“That’s football. For me there’s nothing. I had attacking players on the bench, Lamela and Bergwijn. Two great players to bring on and then Winks to give us more consistency. This situation of the five changes, some people maybe think that you have to use all five changes. You don’t have to do it. You have the chances to do it.”

“I felt that the team was fine. I never believed that 2-0 was a completely safe result because they were trying everything and one goal could change the state of mind and give them the motivation in the final minutes so I decided to keep the team stable and three changes was enough.”

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