Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has played down suggestions of a rift with midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, after failing to use him in the 2-0 victory over West Ham.
Ndombele did not feature in last Friday’s draw with Manchester United, and despite meeting up with Mourinho during lockdown that landed the pair in trouble for breaking the government’s regulations, reports have suggested an issue has developed between player and manager.
Ndombele did not even warm up during the 2-0 win over West Ham, which came thanks to a Tomas Soucek own goal and Harry Kane137th goal in his 200th Premier League appearance for the club.
But reports in France that suggested Ndombele had told Mourinho that he no longer wished to play for spurs were quickly dismissed by the Portuguese, who said that he remains committed to the north London club as they chase a Champions League-qualifying position.
"No. On the bench was Tanguy, (Ryan) Sessegnon, Toby (Alderweireld), (Jan) Vertonghen, Gedson (Fernandes) and they didn't play,” Mourinho said.
"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.