Former France defender Adil Rami has heaped praise on Hugo Lloris, stating that the Tottenham man remains a key ‘pillar’ of the Les Blues side.

Lloris has been a fine servant for both club and country, having captained both Tottenham and France for many years. The goalkeeper led Didier Deschamps’ men to a World Cup title in Russia and will be hoping to repeat the trick in Qatar in what could be his last World Cup.

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However, the 35-year-old’s form has not been up to his usual standards in the first part of the season for Spurs, with the Lilywhites skipper making several errors.

Reports over recent months have indicated that Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici have already held conversations about replacing the goalkeeper at the end of this season (Evening Standard).

However, Rami, who played alongside Lloris for France for many years, has stated that the Tottenham man adds immense value to the dressing room owing to his leadership qualities.

The centre-back, who currently plays for Troyes, told the print edition of Le Parisien (22/11/22 as relayed by Sport Witness) about Lloris: “The first word that comes to me is a friend.

“He was born on December 26th, I was born on December 27th, and we met several times on our birthdays on the Cote d’Azur. He’s an example of longevity and professionalism.

“He doesn’t speak often, but, precisely, when he does, everyone listens. He is the absolute pillar. As a person, he is poised and mature. As soon as he sees me, he smirks. He likes me to make him laugh, and on the pitch, you know you’re calm when you have a guy like that behind your back.”

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Lloris has been extremely dependable between the sticks for France over many years and he remains, by far, their best goalkeeper, ahead of both Alphonse Areola and Steve Mandanda. 

The chance to go away from Spurs after a disappointing couple of months and focus on the World Cup might help the 35-year-old come back into form.

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