Journalist Ben Jacobs has revealed that Hugo Lloris is ‘a bit torn’ about his future after turning down several offers to be the number two at various clubs.
After the European window closed a little over a week ago, Lloris himself admitted that he had rejected a deadline day move to his boyhood club, Nice, as the offer arrived too late in the window (Nice Matin).
The Evening Standard subsequently claimed last week that the decision-makers at Spurs were baffled that the Frenchman rejected offers from Nice, Newcastle United, Lazio and multiple Saudi clubs despite expressing his intention to leave.
The Athletic explained a couple of days ago that earlier in the summer, Spurs were happy for their former captain to stay and offer his experience to the new number one but the 36-year-old made it clear that he did not want to be an understudy at the North London club or anywhere else.
Jacobs has now revealed that Spurs are by no means pushing Lloris out of the door and are happy for him to remain at the club until January if he decides to do so.
Hugo Lloris is not sure of his next move beyond Spurs
The journalist told GiveMeSport: “If Lloris wants to stay at Spurs and not play until January, Tottenham won’t stand in his way. So, this is not Tottenham forcing Lloris out of the club.
“It’s Tottenham waiting, being patient and determining where he truly wants to go. There’s been some interest in Saudi Arabia, but Lloris hasn’t bitten. Newcastle were looking at Lloris, but they wouldn’t have been able to give him any game time either.
“So, I think that Lloris has been a bit torn because he’s starting to realise, having been ever-present and integral to the Spurs project, that wherever he goes next may not come with game time.
“Tottenham also won’t come with game time, and if he wants minutes, he may have to drop down to a level or move to a place that isn’t one of his top preferences. I think that’s why it’s been so difficult.”
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If Lloris had known earlier in the summer that he would not get many good offers, I suspect he would have been happy to remain at Tottenham as an understudy for one more season and leave on free next summer.
The 36-year-old was perhaps expecting a few decent offers from France but they seemingly did not arrive until very late in the window.
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