Lyon president confirms Man City’s interest in Tanguy Ndombele

Man City eyeing Ndombele

Tanguy Ndombele is contracted to Ligue 1 outfit Lyon until July 2023.

The Frenchman joined Lyon last summer from SC Amiens for a fee of around £7.2m.

Since making his debut for Lyon, the 22-year-old has established himself as one of Europe’s brightest young stars.

Ndombele has made 44 appearances across all competitions this season, in which he has scored two and assisted seven.

Two of those games came against Manchester City in the Champions League.

City clearly liked what they saw as Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb are reporting that Man City are in pole position to sign the midfielder.

The Citizens are said to be willing to offer Lyon €70m for Ndombele’s services.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Pep Guardiola the head coach / manager of Manchester City during the Carabao Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Jean-Michel Aulas on Ndombele interest

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has recently spoken out about Ndombele’s future.

Aulas confirms a host of clubs are interested in his player, one of which is Man City.

However, Lyon’s president then goes on to say he would much rather see Ndombele move to Juventus:

“It’s true [Juventus are interested]. But there’s also PSG, Manchester United and Manchester City.

“I’d like to see Ndombele at Juventus with Pjanic, a player we helped developed… We’ll see what happens.”

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Eden Hazard & Liverpool duo among Premier League POTM nominees

The nominees for the Premier League Player of the Month award for April have this evening been announced.

Liverpool & Man City stars named

Unsurprisingly, the candidates for this month’s award feature stars from both Manchester City and Liverpool, after the dominant forces in the English top-flight this season put further distance between themselves and the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea.

2nd-placed Liverpool lead the way as the only side with a pair of nominees, in the form of Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson, the former of whom has enjoyed a major return to form of late.

The Egyptian wide-man racked up 4 goals and an assist across 4 Premier League outings in April.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 05: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates with team mates Roberto Firmino of Liverpool and Andy Robertson of Liverpool after scoring their team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St Mary’s Stadium on April 05, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Man City, meanwhile, are represented by defender Aymeric Laporte, who played a key role in the champions keeping 4 clean sheets in 5 league fixtures this month.

The final top-6 star to have earned a nomination is Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, after the Belgian guided the Blues back into pole position to secure 4th-spot, and a place in the Champions League next season.

The remaining 4 candidates are all strikers, from Leicester, Newcastle, Southampton and Burnley respectively.

Jamie Vardy’s scintillating recent form earns the English international a deserved place among the nominees, with Ayoze Perez also named on the back of 5 goals in his last 3 league appearances.

And rounding out the players up for the award are the resurgent Shane Long, and Burnley powerhouse Chris Wood.

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The Manager of the Month nominees, meanwhile, feature Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Nuno Espirito Santo and Scott Parker:

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Questions asked of Tottenham after worrying head injury forces Jan Vertonghen off vs Ajax

Viewers of the clash between Tottenham and Ajax have taken to social media in numbers to take aim at the former’s medical team, after Jan Vertonghen was forced off with a potentially-serious head injury.

Spurs vs Ajax

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are currently locked in action with Dutch giants Ajax in North London, in the first-leg of the Champions League semi-final tie between the clubs.

Spurs secured their spot in the final-4 of the competition by means of a hugely-impressive aggregate victory over Premier League rivals Manchester City two weeks ago.

After the North Londoners put Pep Guardiola’s men to the sword by a goal to nil in the tie’s first-leg on the 9th of April, a thrilling 4-3 defeat at the Etihad eventually saw Tottenham advance on away goals.

Mauricio Pochettino celebrates following the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final second-leg match between Manchester City and Tottenham. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Ajax in front

However, the night that many have labelled as the biggest in the history of the capital giants could not have gotten off to a much worse start.

An utterly dominant opening to the clash on the part of visitors Ajax saw the Eredivisie leaders take the lead with just a quarter of an hour gone.

A typically sumptuous team move eventually saw Hakim Ziyech’s defence-splitting pass find Donny van de Beek, with the Dutchman’s calm finish having handed Erik ten Hag’s men a thoroughly-deserved, and potentially crucial away goal.

Vertonghen’s nasty moment

And an all-round dismal opening 45 minutes for Tottenham was compounded by a worrying blow on the injury front.

The player to have picked up the problem was Jan Vertonghen, after a nasty collision between the Belgian, Spurs teammate Toby Alderweireld and Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana left Vertonghen in a heap on the turf.

A patch-up job on the part of the hosts’ medical team saw the stopper reintroduced a short time later, but Vertonghen, clearly-shaken, lasted just minutes before almost collapsing on the pitch.

As such, the veteran was quickly helped down the tunnel, in truly-unsettling scenes.

Tottenham criticized

The part played by Spurs’ physios in Vertonghen being allowed to return to the pitch, meanwhile, has since unsurprisingly seen them come in for widespread criticism online, with many having questioned why the Belgian was not immediately hauled off as per concussion protocol: