‘He has to go’ – Graham Roberts calls for Spurs to sell first-teamer unless he signs new deal

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Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Graham Roberts has called for the club to sell Hugo Lloris this summer if he does not sign a new contract.

The World Cup winner’s current deal expires next summer and he will be able to talk to foreign clubs during the January transfer window over a pre-contract agreement before walking away for free at the end of the campaign.

Roberts believes that Tottenham should look to cash in on the 34-year-old before the window closes.

Tottenham have already moved to sign Atlanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini on a season-long loan which includes the option to make the deal permanent (Sky Sports) while Joe Hart is being linked with a move to Celtic.

Lloris returned to Hotspur Way earlier this week following his 21-day break after his involvement with France at Euro 2020 and was an unused substitute in Wednesday’s 3-1 pre-season friendly win at MK Dons.

Roberts told Football FanCast: “If he doesn’t sign a contract, he has to go because we don’t want to lose him for nothing.”

When quizzed over whether the Frenchman could leave, he added: “Maybe. If he doesn’t sign a contract, you don’t want to play a goalkeeper that at the end of the season is going to walk out.”

SpursWeb Opinion

Lloris has been a fantastic servant to Tottenham, however, it seems unlikely that the club would rush to cash in on him this summer given the fact that Hart appears to be on his way out, which would leave Gollini and the relatively inexperienced Alfie Whiteman and Brandon Austin (currently on loan at Orlando) as the senior goalkeeping options.

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