“A shocking end to an 11-year career” Tottenham legend’s bitter final years
There is no place for Hugo Lloris in Tottenham Hotspur.
Lloris is Tottenham’s living legend. He stood out at Olympique Lyonnais and attracted interest from several clubs, and was called up by Tottenham in the 2012-13 season and arrived in London. Having established himself as a starter since the first year of his transfer, he quietly played his role without losing his No. 1 spot for 11 years. With his excellent reflexes and super save ability, he saved Tottenham from danger several times, and the defensive triangle formed by Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen made Tottenham the team with the ‘best defense’ in the league.
However, the passage of time could not be avoided. As I got older, my reflexes deteriorated and I made more mistakes. In the 2022-23 season, this aspect became more highlighted and received criticism from fans. In the second half of the season, he was listed as absent due to injury.
Naturally, the position decreased. Tottenham took advantage of Lloris’ injury to implement a generational change. They brought in Guglielmo Vicario during the summer transfer window and immediately gave him the starting goalkeeper position. Although Lloris recovered from injury, Vicario’s position was solid. Lloris was not even utilized as a rotation resource. In the last English Football League Cup (EFL Cup) match against Fulham, coach Enze Postecoglou used a large rotation, but chose Fraser Forster instead of Vicario.
This summer, he was linked to transfer rumors. Tottenham actively pursued a sale as there was only one year left on the contract. There were many teams that wanted him. Lazio and Roma of Italy’s Serie A, as well as several clubs in France, showed interest. Saudi Arabia also promoted recruitment. British media ‘Express’ quoted ‘Times’ and reported, “Saudi Arabia has made a huge offer to Lloris, amounting to 100,000 pounds (approximately 166.76 million won) per week.”
However, the negotiation process was not smooth. Amid the sluggish situation, the door to the European transfer market has closed. The transfer was possible in Turkiye and the Saudi league as the transfer market is still open.
As things stand, it is unlikely that Lloris will leave. Dave Hittner of the British media ‘The Guardian’ reported that Lloris is not interested in a move to Saudi Arabia. He said, “Lloris received an offer from Saudi Arabia, but he did not show any intention of moving. Chairman Daniel Levy gave Lloris permission to leave the team. The transfer did not take place. Tottenham are frustrated with Lloris’ situation.” He said.
Even if he stays in the team, there is no room for Lloris. The Guardian said, “Lloris will not be able to play until the winter transfer window opens in January. It is a shocking end to his 11-year Tottenham career.”