Illan Meslier has named Hugo Lloris as one of the goalkeepers he looks up to, alongside Bayern Munich legend Manuel Neuer.

Lloris has been a fantastic servant for both club and country for well over a decade but the Frenchman is now in the twilight of his career, having hung up his international boots, and increasingly looking likely to depart Spurs in the summer.

Hugo Lloris

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Multiple publications have reported over recent weeks that Tottenham are on the lookout for a goalkeeper who is good with the ball at his feet to replace the 36-year-old at the end of the season (Daily Mail).

Interestingly, Meslier’s name has been mooted as a potential replacement for the Spurs captain, with journalist Phil Hay revealing on The Athletic’s Phil Hay Show back in November that the Lilywhites are contemplating a move for the Leeds number one.

The 22-year-old has gone from strength to strength since arriving at Elland Road in 2019 and he will perhaps fancy his chances of competing for the Les Blues’ number-one shirt, now that both Lloris and Steve Mandanda have announced their international retirement.

Meslier has now told NBC Sports: “I saw Hugo [Lloris] with Nice and with Lyon, and of course, I saw him growing up in Tottenham. He is obviously a French legend.

“My [main] role model is Manuel Neuer because he’s a very complete, modern goalkeeper. He has evolved the position of the goalkeeper and won the World Cup in 2014.”

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Meslier would be my first pick to replace Lloris as the 22-year-old is an excellent shot-stopper and very good with the ball at his feet. However, he would also be much more expensive than the likes of Jordan Pickford and David Raya since his current deal at Elland Road runs until 2026 (Transfermarkt).

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