One of the best, and most intriguing, goalkeepers in world football is Hugo Lloris. The Tottenham Hotspur star has been making waves for longer than most of us can remember, and while there have been a few hiccups along the way, he has maintained his spot towards the top of world football.
“I do not think I’m going to finish [my career] at Tottenham.
Will he stay or will he go?
“I still have a few years ahead of me. In any case, I will do everything to make the most of it. You also have to know when to say stop at the right time, but I’m not against the idea of discovering something new.
“That could be the United States. I do not know, I always had trouble looking in the medium term. I am more focused on the short term.
“In football, things go so fast. We are here tomorrow and after that we’re elsewhere. You have to be careful. I could finish over there [MLS], we’ll see.”
Lloris went on to talk about manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has certainly had a significant impact on his time in North London.
“I never really opened the doors [to the idea of leaving Tottenham] because I felt like I was happy where I was,” he explained. “It’s not a lack of ambition on my part, it’s just that I’m part of a project and, every year I’ve seen the progress to reinforce my decision. If tomorrow I felt there was a regression, certainly I’d then ask the question [about leaving].
Keeping the options open
“He’s got the perfect profile [for a big club]. He could work at these great teams. Now, he’s part of a project. He’s shown a lot of loyalty to Tottenham. He’s invested 200 per cent in the club and its supporters.
“I have a strong relationship with him, on a human level too. And that does not distort the professional relationship at all. We make the difference [together]. I like his football ideas, I like his personality. I am very proud to be part of his team.
“The thing that has to change is for us to win a major trophy. We had this opportunity in the Champions League, we were also not far off in the Premier League.
“But there is regularity, the club is competitive. I can tell the difference between the state of the club the day I arrived and today. The club has evolved at an incredible speed.”
Whatever you think about him as a man, Hugo Lloris would make for a phenomenal addition to Major League Soccer. There have been very few elite level goalkeepers in the league that could compete with Lloris, and given the way in which keepers tend to improve with age, we’d imagine this can only be a good thing for the development of the sport over in North America.