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Tottenham midfielder Ndombele responds to Mourinho criticism: My head wasn't in right place

Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele admits his 'head wasn't in the right place' last season.

Spurs broke their transfer record last summer to sign the Frenchman from Lyon.

But Ndombele disappointed in his debut season, drawing criticism from his manager Jose Mourinho.

However, the 23-year-old looks like a different man this season after snapping out of his mental slump.

"His words didn't hurt me," the Frenchman told Sky Sports. "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."

He 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.

"I feel better. That comes from playing consecutive matches. It's good for a player to have a good rhythm like that and get into shape.

"Last year I didn't have that so much. This year, I do so it's better for the team and it's better for me.

"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."

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