Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele insists he and manager Jose Mourinho are fine.
Following a dismal performance against Burnley at Turf Moor in March, Mourinho substituted the club's £65million record signing at half-time before singling him out for criticism in his post-match press conference.
But Ndombele has since played his way back into Spurs' regular plans, and has now opened up on the impact Mourinho's words had upon him.
The 23-year-old told Sky Sports News: "His words didn't hurt me. They didn't necessarily motivate me either.
"It was just something that I assimilated and took on board. Of course it's not something that you like to hear, those sort of words, but that was last season and we are looking to the future."
Ndombele added: "I don't think we have seen the best of Tanguy Ndombele yet. I'm on the right track but there's still more to come.
"Between France and England there's a real difference in the intensity of the matches. Last season my head just wasn't in the right place. This season it's going a lot better."