Tottenham Hotspur invested €60m plus bonuses to secure Tanguy Ndombele’s services from Lyon in 2019.

The midfielder struggled to impress consistently for the Premier League side for over two seasons. He was left out of Antonio Conte’s plans at the north London club and wanted a move elsewhere in the winter market.

Despite attracting interest from a handful of clubs, the 25-year-old had to wait until deadline day to return to the Ligue 1 side on a loan deal.

On Wednesday, the Frenchman suggested his struggles at Tottenham were partly down to working under five different managers at the club since 2019. Therefore, he “wanted something else” and decided to join Lyon on a temporary transfer.

Today’s edition of L’Equipe has comments from Vincent Ponsot, the French club’s director of football, in which he praised the efforts put in by the Spurs owned player to return to the Groupama Stadium.

“It is a loan with loan indemnity, which is based on the partial support of the capital part of the transfer,” Ponsot said.

“But, above all, on the part of Tanguy, there were not only words. He was decisive and it is very rare in this area. He is one of the players who is not economically accessible, but he did everything to be [here].”

“Often, we have words without the facts on the contracts. We did our part, we needed a supplement and he was the one who provided it. There, there were facts in front of words.”

The newspaper claims Lyon were not able to meet the salary demands set by Conte’s side to take Ndombele on a loan deal.

L’Equipe state the player ‘will himself pay Tottenham’ the difference in salary between what Tottenham demanded and what Lyon are paying to him.