Alasdair Gold thinks Hugo Lloris would have been surprised by the lack of interest in his services from top clubs during the summer transfer window.
Lloris has undoubtedly been one of the best shot-stoppers in European football for the best part of the last decade and was widely respected in the game, having captained both Tottenham and France for an extended period of time.
However, the 36-year-old showed clear signs of decline last season. He called time on his international career following the World Cup in Qatar and he declared at the start of the summer that he would look to leave Spurs in search of a new challenge (Nice-Matin).
To many people’s surprise, the goalkeeper still remains at Tottenham, with reports over the last two weeks indicating that the decision-makers at the North London club were surprised that he had rejected a number of offers during the summer, including a couple from Saudi Arabia (Evening Standard).
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Lloris, with some outlets indicating recently that the year left on the Frenchman’s contract could be terminated (Football Insider).
Lloris may be surprised to still be at Tottenham
Gold has now said that the goalkeeper was as surprised as anyone else that his stock appears to have fallen so much in such a short space of time.
The journalist said on his YouTube channel: “I am surprised that he [Lloris] hasn’t gone anywhere. I am surprised there’s not a club in Europe that’s kind of thought, ‘Do you know what? He’s decent’.
“I didn’t think his stock would fall as low as it maybe has, I think that will have surprised him a little bit as obviously there were offers from the Saudi league as well, but that clearly hasn’t appealed to him.”
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I suspect that Lloris was eyeing a return to Ligue 1 this summer as he and his family wanted to return to France. But apart from Nice’s very late offer, it does not appear as if any other French side made a serious attempt to sign the goalkeeper during the summer.
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