Tanguy Ndombélé was granted permission by Tottenham Hotspur to join Galatasaray on a loan with a €15 million buyout last month.
The midfielder, who had previously spent the previous season on loan with Napoli before returning to the north London club, didn’t appear to have impressed Ange Postecoglou during preseason, which led to another loan move.
Nevzat Dindar, a Milliyet writer, explains why the player, who is owned by Tottenham, has battled with the Turkish champions after the player’s 39 minutes of activity from three substitute appearances this season.
Today’s Champions League match between Galatasaray and Manchester United will be played at Old Trafford, and in his preview of the midweek match, Dindar hinted at the reasons why the Istanbul club has not taken the risk of utilizing the Frenchman frequently this year.
Ndombélé weighs too much. I observed the instruction. In the midfield for Galatasaray, Kerem Demirbay and Sergio Oliveira are active. The bar has been raised. Galatasaray isn’t, in my opinion, taking a chance by signing Ndombélé. I say Ndombélé has one month,” he stated.
The 26-year-old has the skills, in the journalist’s opinion, to become an important member of Galatasaray.
“Ndombélé is not your typical athlete. I am impressed when I watch Fred. It would be quite different if he played for Galatasaray, as I indicated in the previous broadcast, Fred, but I believe Ndombélé will also become well-known, according to Dindar.
The Tottenham player has been named to Galatasaray manager Okan Buruk’s roster for the match against Manchester United, but it is unclear whether he will play at Old Trafford.
Liverpool release statement after Destiny Udogie racially abused on social media
After Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 victory over the weekend, Destiny Udogie received racial abuse on social media, which Liverpool has condemned.
Udogie was a member of the Tottenham team that defeated Liverpool on Saturday night in a contentious and dramatic game, with Spurs winning 2-1 on Joel Matip’s own goal in the 96th minute.
The youthful full-back shared happy pictures to Instagram after his team’s decisive victory, but the comments section underneath the post was inundated with racial slurs.
Liverpool has already issued a statement denouncing the shocking abuse the Tottenham player endured and announcing they would cooperate with law enforcement to find those responsible.
The statement reads: “Liverpool FC condemns all manifestations of racism and discrimination and will cooperate with the appropriate authorities and social media platforms to assist in the identification of those responsible and apply the strongest sanctions.”
Tottenham earlier on Monday said in a statement that they will assist in finding the offenders: “We are appalled by the racial remarks made against Destiny Udogie on social media after the match against Liverpool on Saturday.
We will collaborate with the Premier League and, when appropriate, take legal action against anyone we can name.
“We are here for you, Destiny.”
The Liverpool statement is just one of many that the team has released following a highly contentious match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Reds claimed on Sunday that the shocking VAR system oversight that resulted in Luis Diaz’s first-half goal being disallowed for offside—a goal that would’ve given Liverpool a 1-0 lead—had “undermined sporting integrity.”
In addition, Liverpool has decided to dispute the red card given to Curtis Jones for a heavy and nearly leg-breaking attack on star midfielder Yves Bissouma of Tottenham, one of two the Reds got on the day.