Tottenham: a way out opens for the closeted Hugo Lloris


By: Manu Tournoux

Arriving in the summer of 2012 from Olympique Lyonnais, French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has become a real Tottenham glory over the years, keeping Spurs’ goals 444 times in nearly 11 seasons across the Channel ( 151 clean sheets). However, he will no longer regain his starting place as a last line of defense due to repeated injuries (notably to the knee and thigh at the end of last season) and the arrival of a new coach to replace interim Ryan Mason: Ange Postecoglou. The Australian technician relied instead on his Italian recruit Guglielmo Vicario, indisputable since the start of the season.

Enough to force the 2018 world champion to find a base last summer. Among the interested clubs, we found AS Roma, its neighbor AS Roma, Newcastle and even Saudi Arabia, ready to welcome it in its desire to recruit stars from the Old Continent to strengthen visibility and level of his championship. But ultimately, the French international had to stay in London and even saw his tactician offer him a small window of playing time, as he affirmed at a press conference: “Lloris is just a player. He’s a Tottenham player. He trains every day and he is available, like everyone else.

Lloris will find refuge in MLS

Yes, but there you have it, Lloris didn’t play a single minute, and wasn’t even called up once by Postecoglou, who was counting on Fraser Forster to be his second goalkeeper. A situation that doesn’t help matters for him. who retired internationally after the 2022 World Cup final lost against Argentina in the fall of 2022. And while the winter transfer window is fast approaching, the player trained at OGC could well discover football overseas. Atlantic starting next calendar year. Indeed, according to the latest information from Daily Mail, the Riviera goalkeeper would discuss with Los Angeles FC and negotiations would already be well advanced between the different parties. The duration of the contract, however, has not been revealed.

An arrival would therefore be planned for this winter for a free player in a little over six months, as explained by the British daily, in order to participate in the preseason of the Californian franchise before the start of the 2024 Major League Soccer financial year. , which will begin on February 21, the American championship being played over a calendar year. The end of an adventure for Hugo Lloris with the former residents of White Hart Lane, where the supporters will not forget his loyalty despite the absence of a trophy lifted. He shone with his spectacular saves and high-level performances, notably during the 2018/2019 Champions League, a season where the Londoners were beaten in the final by Liverpool (0-2).

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