Hugo Lloris gives verdict on player tipped to replace him at Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Hugo Lloris has praised how much his French international teammate, Mike Maignan, has improved over recent seasons amidst rumours linking the Lille goalkeeper with a move to Tottenham.

There have been question marks about Lloris’ future at Spurs, with some reports suggesting that the 34-year-old could return to Ligue 1 this summer.

Several names have been put forward as possible replacements for the experienced Spurs star.

Maignan seems to be one of the names on Tottenham’s radar as Lloris’ potential successors, with Nuno Santos and Joao Sacramento both said to be pushing for the North Londoners to sign the goalkeeper who they worked with during their time at Lille.

L’Equipe also reported last week that Tottenham are ‘very interested’ in the Lille number one.

Maignan is currently behind both Lloris and Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda in the pecking order for France but the Tottenham captain believes the Lille star is on course to reach the top in the coming years.

Lloris told Le10Sport about the 25-year-old: “Mike is levelling up season after season.

“He took even more importance in the performances of Lille. He did win some important points at times.

“He is one of the goalkeepers of tomorrow. Mike is very ambitious – he wants to be challenged at a high level.”

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If Lloris does leave at the end of the season, my preference would be to bring in someone like Nick Pope, who is tried and tested in the Premier League. We have seen goalkeepers struggle to adapt to English football in the past and so signing Maignan would carry an element of risk.

However, my first preference would be for Lloris to stay and sign an extension as I believe he still has a couple of good years left in him at the top level.

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