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Spurs manager Mourinho: "Tanguy Ndombele is in a process of evolution."

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho says French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is improving.

Spurs needed two late goals to seal a spot in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho says "in this moment" he "believes" in Tanguy Ndombele after the club's record signing scored a late winner against nine-man Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League.

Georgi Minchev broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute before the home side had two players sent off with 10 minutes left to play.

England striker Harry Kane cancelled out the opener from the penalty spot and substitute Ndombele (22) scored the winner in the 85th minute.

Ndombele moved to Spurs from Ligue 1 club Lyon last summer for a reported fee of £54m and has featured only 17 times for the north London club.

"Tanguy is in a process of evolution," said Mourinho said after the game in Bulgaria as BBC Sport reported.

"Last season he wasn't. Last season he was stuck in a situation where I couldn't see evolution," he added.

"In this moment he's training very, very well. He's recovering from his injury, he's recovering physically and he gave us what we needed in this last 30 minutes.

"In this moment, I believe in Tanguy. I never doubted his quality. Never. I doubted in some moments his motivation and commitment and professional attitude.

"We made this decision together to not start the game because he also feels that he needs a bit more but in this moment I think that Tanguy can do well for us."

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