Ligue 1 Star Tanguy Ndombele Insists He Wanted Lyon Stay Amid Summer Interest From Tottenham

Tottenham became the first club in the history of the Premier League to fail to make a signing during a summer transfer window ahead of this season, and Lyon star Tanguy Ndombele has admitted he had no interest in leaving Ligue 1 for north London in the summer.

The 21-year-old had only spent one season with the French side before being linked with a swift move away during the summer following some impressive performances during his first campaign with Lyon.

​Tottenham were rumoured to have been among the clubs interested in signing the French midfielder, but Lyon refused to sell and ​Ndombele has insisted that he did not want to leave, telling the club’s official website, via ​Insidefutbol.com: “I’m happy to stay at Lyon for one more season.

“That’s what I wanted. I hope that we are going to have a great season. It was important for me as I only had one season here and I wanted to stay and continue my development.

“I want to do great things here. I have personal goals but I prefer to keep it to myself.

“I had a good season and people were not expecting me to do well at this level.”

Ndombele’s contract at the Groupama Stadium runs until 2023, and his growing stock in Ligue 1 means that any interested clubs may have to pay a premium to secure the midfielder’s services from Lyon.

The Frenchman made 32 appearances for Bruno Genesio’s side last season after joining from Ligue 1 rivals Amiens and has already established himself as a key figure for Lyon, though he is yet to make a senior appearance for France under Didier Deschamps.

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