Tanguy Ndombele has returned to Lyon on loan to bring an end to his disappointing spell at Tottenham.
Ndombele – who became Spurs’ record signing when he joined from Lyon for £63m in July 2019 – will stay in France until the end of the season.
Lyon have paid a £1.2m loan fee and retain the option to make the deal permanent in the summer for a reported £54m. Ndombele will help to replace Bruno Guimaraes, who joined Newcastle for £40m on Sunday.
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Ndombele’s departure came as Spurs completed two Deadline Day signings, with Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur arriving from Juventus.
Tottenham released a brief, 46-word statement to announce Ndombele’s exit, which featured none of the usual pleasantries handed out by a club when a player leaves.
“Tanguy Ndombele has joined Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyonnais on loan until the end of the season,” said Spurs.
“The central midfielder returns to the club from which he joined us in July 2019. He has made 91 appearances for us in all competitions to date, scoring 10 goals.”