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Tottenham boss Mourinho urges Ndombele to take inspiration from Modric

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says he has a lot of confidence in the ability of Tanguy Ndombele.

Ndombele, 23, is in their squad for tonight's trip to Euro rivals Sheffield United.

Asked if he believes the Frenchman can still be a hit, manager Mourinho said: “Of course I do.

“If you have no talent, there is nothing you can do. With talent, there is a lot you can do.

“Football's full of players who had difficult starts and then ended well.

“When Luka Modric arrived at Real Madrid after six months he was labelled their worst-ever signing.

“A few months later he was a champion, then European champion, then voted the world's best player."

Mourinho insists Ndombele still has what it takes to have a future at Spurs.

He said: “I didn't know it was a year since he arrived.

“I know when I arrived there were problems. Injuries, small injuries, physical condition.

“At Tottenham, I feel every time a top player is on the bench it's a drama — but it's not a drama.

“I hope next season we have more top players on the bench as it means we'll be bigger than where we are."

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