The rumored Manchester United target says he wants to play in the UEFA Champions League. Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said he does not want to discuss a possible exit but conceded the lure of UEFA Champions League football is strong. Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has indicated he would be open to a move to Manchester United if David de Gea leaves for Real Madrid.
Lloris is reportedly on a United shortlist of possible replacements for De Gea, who is said to be considering his future with only one year left on his Old Trafford contract and Madrid keen on taking him back to Spain. Tottenham supporters are unlikely to be astonished by the goalkeeper’s ambition.
Tottenham keeper Loris admits he wants to play Champions League football again, but ensuring that if things should happen, then they’ll “happen naturally.” Lloris, 28, joined Spurs from Lyon in 2012 and has made 99 league appearances. Meanwhile, Manchester United goalkeeper De Gea is a target for Spanish giants Real Madrid this summer.
The 25-year-old France international does not want to force through an exit from White Hart Lane, though he does hope to play in the top tier of European club competition soon. “I am still a Spurs player,” Lloris told Sky Sports News HQ after France’s 4-3 defeat to Belgium in an international friendly Sunday. “I have a contract until 2019 and I have a lot of respect for the gaffer, the club and my teammates, so I don’t want to speak about it.”
It is impossible to blame Lloris for his desire to move on, and he will not leave north London with the abuse of Tottenham supporters ringing in his ears. Lloris joined a top four club and he will leave them in fifth. He gave Spurs three years to prove they could take the next step, but quickly found that it’s more of a giant leap.
“For any player you need to play at the highest level to improve yourself to help your national team to improve. I think every player wants to play in the Champions League because it is the highest level. We work for that and I hope to play Champions League football again,” said Lloris.
So embedded is football’s new natural order that even bitterness has become acceptance. When Lloris eventually leaves, Spurs fans will look at each other and shrug. Better to have Llorised and lost than to never have Llorised at all.