Report: Mourinho told Hugo Lloris to look after ‘special’ player upon Spurs exit

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Jose Mourinho told Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris to look after Joe Rodon upon leaving the club, claiming the Welshman could become the side’s best defender, according to Football.London. 

Rodon has endured a tough stint at Spurs since earning an £11 million move from Championship club Swansea in 2020 (BBC Sport). 

Spurs are reportedly already willing to listen to offers for the Wales international this summer (Evening Standard), who is likely to be keen on finding first-team minutes.

Recent reports have suggested Spurs managing director Fabio Paratici has flown out to Italy to meet with chiefs from Roma – currently manned by Mourinho – to discuss a potential loan deal (Gianluca Di Marzio). 

Football.London have claimed that while a reunion with Mourinho is not close to materialising, the Portuguese is fond of Rodon and had plenty of kind words to say upon his Tottenham exit last year. 

The report explains Mourinho told captain Lloris to keep an eye on the 24-year-old as he felt he was ‘special’ and had the ability to become the club’s best defender. 

Rodon struggled for regular game time last season as he sat firmly behind the likes of Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Ben Davies and Davinson Sanchez in the pecking order. 

He made just 10 appearances in all, with the majority coming in the cup competitions, while he failed to earn a single start in the Premier League (Transfermarkt). 

Spurs Web Opinion

Rodon is at a tough point at Spurs given he is going to have trouble breaking into what is a pretty settled back line at present. 

Mourinho seems to rate him quite highly while Conte also admires him, but it may be best for Spurs to at least loan him out so he is playing regularly. 

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  1. I am totally baffled why an extremely talented experienced international player like Rodon, who can play anywhere across the back,takes second place to a journeyman like Sanchez.

  2. Sanchez is the worst defender I’ve ever seen play football let alone for Spurs, he is absolutely clueless, ball watches, throws himself on the ground Every time, mis-times jumps for headers, leaves huge gaps/spaces and can’t tackle, wow what a chump, get rid ASAP but No-one will have him so it’s the emperor’s new clothes again for next season!!


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