Lyon boss: Tanguy Ndombele deserves France chance

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - JULY 25: Tanguy Ndombele of Olympique Lyonnais looks on during a pre-season friendly match between Huddersfield Town and Olympique Lyonnais at John Smith's Stadium on July 25, 2018 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Lyon manager Bruno Genesio feels that Tanguy Ndombele has the required level of skill to be included in the France squad

The highly-rated midfielder has started in all seven of Lyon’s Ligue 1 games and played a key role in their shock win away to Manchester City in the Champions League.

The Premier League champions and Tottenham were understood to be interested in Ndombele.

But the 22-year-old instead signed a new contract at Lyon this month that will see him remain at the Groupama Stadium until 2023.

Now Genesio feels it’s time that Ndombele gets his chance in France’s star-studded team.

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“He has to go one last step in finishing, the only thing he needs to become a great player,” Genesio said in a press conference.

“He lacks some concentration in the final third but he has the technical quality to do it. He should score between six and eight goals per season, considering his position.

“Tanguy understands the demands of the highest level and gives himself the means to reach it. He has international quality, but it’s not up to me to decide if he will be selected.”

France boss Didier Deschamps is expected to announce his latest squad soon ahead of Les Bleus’ games against Iceland and Germany in October.


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