The world champion is healthy and earns £100,000 a week at Tottenham. But where did he go?
Grigory Telingater September 27, 2023, 19:00 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
A confusing situation with Hugo Lloris, who was abruptly left out of football.
Lloris spent 11 years at Tottenham. And not only did he have a contract, but every season he was the main goalkeeper and played most of the games in the starting eleven. While playing for Tottenham, Lloris was called up to the French team and became world champion with it. The team captain since 2015 could even publicly pressure his teammates. For example, during Mourinho’s time, the goalkeeper said after a series of mistakes:
“It’s one thing to talk about your ambitions in front of the camera and another thing to demonstrate it every day in training. You can’t slow down, regardless of the coach’s decision. If you only get involved when you are in the starting lineup, then this is a big problem for the team. Today we see the consequences of this,” Lloris said in March 2021. The goalkeeper clearly had a status that other Tottenham players do not have.
And then it all ended abruptly.
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Already at the end of last season, discussions regarding Lloris’ departure began. In April, these conversations were perceived as rumors. In May, major media outlets (including the English The Telegraph and the French L’Équipe) reported that the goalkeeper would leave the team. And almost immediately after the end of the season (June 3), Lloris made it clear that he was leaving Tottenham. He made it pretty clear when he said, “The end of an era.”
Subsequently, the goalkeeper did not attend the Club’s meetings in Australia and Singapore, although the contract was still valid. The Athletic noted that new coach Angelos Postecoglou gave the veteran the option of going to training camp or not. The Frenchman himself refused to concentrate on looking for a new team. “I think he deserves this respect because he is not only an exceptional goalkeeper, but also an exceptional person,” said the coach.
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In summer there was a lot of interest in Lloris. The goalkeeper rejected Lazio and clubs in Saudi Arabia. There was news about negotiations with Inter and PSG, but it didn’t work out with them either. At the end of the transfer window there were two options left: Newcastle and Nice. In the first case, very serious competition with Nick Pope was involved. It seems that Newcastle saw Lloris more as a substitute. But the option with “Nice” seemed more realistic. Furthermore, we are talking about the club where the footballer began his career and the city in which he was born.
“Nice is my city, my club, my roots,” Lloris said in June. And on the last day of the transfer market, main goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel left the French team (36 starts in Ligue 1 in the 2022/2023 season). It seemed that the puzzle was being put together and that is why Lloris rejected so many offers. And even Tottenham were willing to let the veteran captain go for free. But the deal did not go through. According to The Athletic, the issue is not even that the transfer was not processed on the last day. The publication’s sources claim that, overall, the parties were far from reaching an agreement. So he remained in London, although he had practically said goodbye.
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It turned out that Tottenham was initially willing to keep Lloris in the team in order to share his experience with the newcomer Guglielmo Vicario (he, by the way, was very good at the beginning of the season). However, the French goalkeeper himself rejected this option, but throughout the summer he did not accept any of the options to continue his career. Another veteran, Fraser Foster, remained the Londoners’ backup goalkeeper.
Lloris currently earns a salary of £100,000 a week and his contract runs until the summer of 2024. By then the club will have paid £4.2m to the goalkeeper, who effectively exists outside the team. This in itself seems quite paradoxical.
Why did the goalkeeper reject all offers? Why skip a year (or at least six months)? If we summarize the data from the English media, there may be several reasons for this. Firstly, his status as a goalkeeper and his self-esteem did not allow him to join teams in which he became a reserve. Secondly, Lloris is raising three daughters who study in London, and the move would bring discomfort to the family. Well, thirdly, the goalkeeper will turn 37 this year. He left the national team after the 2022 World Cup. Perhaps he has already decided everything for himself.
In April, Newcastle defeated Tottenham 6-1. In that match, Lloris left the field at half-time with the score 5-0. Furthermore, the goalkeeper missed all five goals in the first 21 minutes. Tottenham claimed that the Frenchman had injured his muscles. That was Lloris’s last game with the London club, and he made it clear that he no longer needed him. The question is, was this even Lloris’ last professional game?
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