Thursday 21 September 2017

Hugo Lloris refuses to rule out Tottenham exit as Toby Alderweireld looks to double salary

Real Madrid could turn their attention to Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris
Real Madrid could turn their attention to Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris

Luke Brown

Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris has refused to rule out a move away from the club, telling reporters while on international duty with France: “in football everything is fragile and things can change.”

The 30-year-old, who in December signed a new contract at the club lasting until 2022, has also said that his future will be linked with Tottenham’s manager, Mauricio Pochettino.

Both Lloris and Pochettino have been linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain in the French press in recent weeks and, although the French captain has stressed he is not “desperate” to quit Spurs, he did acknowledge that his situation could soon change.

“I feel good at Tottenham, but in football everything's fragile and can change. Some things you can't refuse,” Lloris told Le Figaro.

"Certainly, my destiny is linked to Mauricio. He matters a lot to me.

“Our relationship goes beyond football, it's a match, and one day he will be the best manager in the world. For me he is already. His presence and our relationship are the most important elements for me."

Lloris joined Tottenham from Lyon in 2012 and has never won a trophy with the north London club, despite their vast improvement over the last four seasons.

The goalkeeper admitted to the newspaper that Spurs are not a club with a tradition of winning trophies in recent years, but has said everybody at the club is motivated to upset the so-called bigger teams.

"There are things you cannot refuse, but that does not mean I am desperate. There are some teams that demand admiration, they are monsters for what they have done in their past, and in 10 or 15 years they will win again,” he added.

"Tottenham is not a club that always wins, but we are trying to create something. It's not easy to fight against European monsters but it is a motivation."

Lloris's comments, made while away from the club on international duty, will undoubtedly concern Tottenham, who also face a fight to retain the services of Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld.

Alderweireld is the only important first-team player to have not signed a contract extension since the start of 2016 — with the exception of summer arrival Victor Wanyama — and there has been speculation in recent weeks that the 28-year-old will be a key target for Manchester United when the transfer window reopens.

He currently earns £50,000-a-week at Spurs with a report in the Evening Standard claiming he will only renew his contract should the club double his wages, bringing him in line with top-earners Lloris and Harry Kane.

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