Tottenham Hotspur remained optimistic of selling Tanguy Ndombele until Monday night after the midfielder had asked to leave this summer, according to the Evening Standard.

Chairman Daniel Levy and Managing Director Fabio Paratici know Spurs cannot afford to let Ndombele’s value depreciate by not playing. But the pair conceded an exit was unlikely on Tuesday morning, when they convened with other Spurs staff.

Tottenham acknowledged no offer would be sufficient to sell Ndombele on Deadline Day and informed relevant parties he was staying. It marked the second summer in a row that Spurs’ £55m record-signing wanted to leave, despite having Levy in his corner in 2020.

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Paratici and Nuno Espirito Santo are now the ones tasked with bringing Ndombele back into the Tottenham fold, not Levy. Although Spurs’ patience with the £200,000-per-week Frenchman is wearing thin, and his long-term future in north London remains clouded.

Tottenham want Ndombele to rediscover his best form with the club, but believe only he can change the situation. Either the 24-year-old buys into Nuno’s collective mentality, or he stays on the fringes and talk of an exit continues.

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Ndombele has played no role in Tottenham’s unbeaten start to the season with a hat-trick of 1-0 wins under Nuno. The Portuguese has also omitted the seven-cap international from each of his matchday squads since replacing Jose Mourinho in charge.

A couple of La Liga sides showed an interest in signing Ndombele before the market closed on Tuesday, per football.london. But no club presented Tottenham with an offer that Levy and Paratici – or Ndombele – deemed acceptable at all this summer.

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Nuno will have a tough decision to make on reintroducing Ndombele to the Tottenham first-team fold or not. The Portuguese would send a clear message to the rest of the squad of the standards expected from his players.

But Nuno will also be aware of the impact Ndombele can deliver on the pitch if he’s given another chance. The midfielder offered six goals and four assists in 46 appearances across all competitions last season. Mourinho was also full of praise for the former Lyon star.

“The goal is amazing, but I don’t care about the goal,” Mourinho said after facing Sheffield United, via the Daily Mail. “I care about the performance and the performance was magnificent. I’m really pleased that he’s come to this level, he’s playing very, very well.”