According to French newspaper L'Equipe, as relayed by Get French Football News, Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy told Tanguy Ndombele that he wouldn't be leaving contract talks with the club without signing.
Spurs ended more than 500 days without a new signing by landing two players on Tuesday, first signing winger Jack Clarke from Leeds United, before sending him straight back to Elland Road.
Tottenham then confirmed the club-record capture of Lyon midfielder Ndombele, with the 22-year-old making a much-anticipated switch to North London.
The French international is one of the most exciting signings on recent Tottenham history, and details are now emerging about what exactly happened during talks.
It's stated that chairman Levy said to Ndombele “You are not leaving here without having signed with us” during talks, which you'd imagine was light-hearted but also a thinly-veiled show of the determination Spurs had in the pursuit of Ndombele.
The report even adds that the talks with Ndombele were tough as neither Levy nor Ndombele's agents were budging much, whilst Levy was also working on a deal for Real Betis playmaker Giovani Lo Celso at the same time.
Tottenham fans will hope that Lo Celso arrives soon, and conflicting reports are emerging tonight about the situation. Here's the state of play...
Sky Sports claim that Tottenham have shelved a deal for Lo Celso after failing to reach an agreement. However, two sources in Andalusia – Estadio Deportivo and Mucho Deporte – claim that a deal is actually close, even 80% done after Spurs increased their offer.
Hopefully that gets sorted soon, and Levy's hard work juggling the Ndombele and Lo Celso deals at the same time pays off with both lining up for Spurs next season.
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