Jose Mourinho opens on the details of Tanguy Ndombele’s injury and on the follow-up with Serge Aurier

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Jose Mourinho opened up on the details of Tanguy Ndombele’s injury and clarified that Serge Aurier has the freedom to do what he sees fit after the death of his brother. Aurier’s younger brother was killed Monday morning in Toulouse, France, and no decision has yet been made on whether the right-back will play Wednesday night in Newcastle.

Questioned Tuesday afternoon, Mourinho was not sure that Aurier would be involved but stressed that it was only important that the club support the Ivorian.

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” I still do not know [if the player would train later that day], I don’t know what he wants to do, I’m not going to pressure him, “said Mourinho.

“Maybe he is traveling with us because it is good for him to travel but then he is not ready to play. At the moment I have no idea. I have no idea, the only thought that is clear is that we are there to support him and not ask him anything at all. ”

He added: ” [We gave him] all the options. He can do what he wants, he can go to France, he can stay here, he can come to train, he can go to the match.

“It’s obvious, it’s human, the family is more important in this tragic situation than our need for him and our crucial match. Nothing matters, he does what he wants.

“Let me talk to him and we’ll see. At the moment I don’t know. I spoke to him on the phone, no more than that.

“We gave him the space to deal, the space for him to get involved with his family. We will make the decision he wants.

« [Whether he plays] depends on the feelings I have on the conversation. We’ll talk. ”

Ndombele is one of Mourinho’s injury doubts for the match at St James Park. The Frenchman struggled for playing time under Spurs head coach and suffered another training injury on Monday.

The Portuguese explained exactly what had happened and hoped it was okay.

“He was training with the group of players who did not play against Arsenal, and then in one action, he felt something behind his knee,” he said.

“Nothing major, nothing really big but enough for him to leave the training session and be observed before the training session. ”

Mourinho had previously expressed his views on financial fair play and the “shameful” decision regarding Manchester City’s appeal against a ban on the European condition.

He said financial fair play is now dead and explained that his views have changed in recent years.

“My opinions have changed because of the decisions that are made. Consistency is very important to me, ”he said.

“I just don’t understand a penalty that I saw at Juventus-Atalanta, with a handball where [Gian Pero] Gasparini after the match said: “I have only one alternative, cut the arms of my players before the match”. The next day, you have other football games where it is not a penalty. Consistency I like, clarity, I don’t like doubts.

“I like it when a club buys another player from a team or I like it when they trade players. I don’t like it when I buy a player for 10 million pounds, then two weeks later the club that was the seller comes to my club and buys a player for 10 million pounds plus a pound. Everyone knows what’s going on. It’s the only thing that bothers.

“My opinion on financial fair play does not change, like my opinion on VAR. When I said a few years ago that I like the concept, I like the concept.

“What I don’t like is the interpretation, the people with the tools they have and the financial fair play, it’s the same thing.

“When I say it should end it’s not because I don’t agree with the basic principle. It’s because I don’t agree with the circus.

“So let’s open the circus door and let people have fun and not pay and come in and out and do whatever they want and stay for the clown show, then go out because I don’t like the horse show .

“I go in, I go out, there is no control. Let people enjoy it freely. “



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Mourinho nodded several times when he was pointed out that he had taken advantage of the riches offered by Roman Abramovich at the time of Chelsea and simply said “yes” when asked if he liked it.

Newcastle United is going through its own potential takeover from a Saudi-backed consortium, which is being screened by the Premier League through the test of their owners and directors.

“I don’t understand the process, I don’t know what’s going on,” admitted Mourinho of the delay.

“A club like Newcastle with a new owner, if there is no financial fair play, it will be free to do what it wants, to spend what it wants, to get the best players in the world if he can afford it. Without hiding anything. . ”

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