Tottenham: The duality of Hugo Lloris and why he can’t leave yet

Real Madrid have been linked with a £60 million for the Tottenham and France captain.

oliver stein by Oli Stein

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Real Madrid’s hunt for a new goalkeeper to replace Keylor Navas has been public knowledge for some time. There was the now infamous fax machine that denied David de Gea a transfer to the Spanish capital in 2015 and the protracted pursuit of Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois.

With a move for the Belgian failing to materialise, however, Julen Lopetegui has reportedly turned his attention towards Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris, as per the Sun.

The 31-year-old has been Spurs’ number one for six years, sticking with the club through their perceived ‘banter era’ of Tim Sherwood, despite having the required quality to play for a bigger European club. Nonetheless, the World Cup winner hasn’t been without his critics, attracting censure for numerous errors in high profile fixtures.

With a £60 million fee bandied around, though, does this mean it’s time for all parties to move on?

Hugo Boss

Arriving at a time when Spurs were still using Michael Dawson, Younes Kaboul and Kyle Naughton as regular defenders – and for a measly fee of around £12 million – it was overtly obvious that Lloris was better than Tottenham and Daniel Levy had somehow orchestrated a major coup.

The club had a top goalkeeper – one of the world’s best – in their ranks, and after wrestling the number one shirt off of stop-gap Brad Friedel, the rest became history and Lloris matured into the most highly respected figure in the dressing room. The strong, silent type, given the captaincy in 2015 to reflect his standing.

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Oli Stein

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016. Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @steinoliver_

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