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Tanguy Ndombele has explained exactly what he hopes to achieve at Tottenham Hotspur after completing his move from Lyon, per the club’s official website.
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The France international became the club’s record signing on Tuesday, joining in a deal that, per BBC Sport, is worth £53.8m.
Spurs, of course, reached the Champions League final last season and Ndombele has already set his sights on going one better and lifting the trophy in 2019/20.
He said: “For me, I hope we can win the Champions League, just like everyone does.
“You know, the Champions League is a really tough competition to win. Things are decided by small margins and the strongest team doesn’t always win.
“I just hope I can win it next season with Tottenham – that would be perfect for me.”
This may seem like a pie-in-the-sky statement from Ndombele but there is a precedent.
Spurs reached the final with a relatively weak squad that had received precious little investment last season – they went two transfer windows without making a signing.
Indeed, Liverpool reached the final in 2017/18, lost, and then went on a spending spree, signing the likes of Alisson Becker and Fabinho. They beat Spurs in Madrid.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have now done similar, acquiring a midfield player ahead of the likes of Manchester United, while spending a lavish sum.
They were greater than the sum of their parts last season; Ndombele’s signing could be just what they need to push them over the line this time around.