Report: Tottenham offered player a £2m ‘golden handshake’ to leave the club in January

Hugo Lloris left Spurs last month after more than a decade at the club, joining MLS side LA FC. Now, details of that departure have emerged, and it seems Tottenham paid a pretty penny to get their former skipper out the door.

Having joined the club in 2012, Hugo Lloris would go on to make 444 appearances for Spurs (Transfermarkt). He was also club captain for many years, throughout the reign of Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho, and Antonio Conte.

However, the Frenchman’s form became a source of concern last season, and the decision was made in the summer to replace Lloris with new number-one keeper, Guglielmo Vicario.

The instant success of Vicario in Ange Postecoglou‘s side made it clear that Lloris would never play for Spurs again, and the veteran goalkeeper was the first senior player to leave the club in the January transfer window.

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Hugo Lloris was paid £2m to leave Spurs

It had previously been reported by Football Insider that Tottenham offered Lloris a substantial pay-off in order to facilitate the switch to America. Now, details of that agreement have come to light thanks to a report from the Daily Mail.

Apparently, Lloris “netted a golden handshake of up to £2m” when leaving the club, as Daniel Levy negotiated a settlement fee for the remaining six months of the keeper’s £100,000 per week contract.

It is believed Lloris “was not paid his contract in full,” but he was given a “generous majority” of the money owed to him under the contract.

Spurs Web Opinion

I don’t mind this at all, to be honest. I think it’s a really good gesture from Levy with regards to everything Lloris gave to this club over the years, and it’s a lot better than having him rot in the reserves and picking up a salary for nothing.

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