Tottenham Hotspur shot-stopper Hugo Lloris has told French newspaper L’Equipe “there is no clause” that would let him leave for a fixed fee this summer.
The 28-year old has become one of the finest goalkeepers in the Premier League since he signed for Spurs in 2012 and his sweeper-keeper style, similar to Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer, has earned him many admirers.
Rumours had grown of an apparent release clause in the goalkeepers contract if Spurs didn’t get Champions League football next season but, in an interview with L’Equipe, Lloris has refuted these claims.
“That doesn’t correspond to the reality,” he said.
“There is no clause. With my bosses, I have always liked to have a face-to-face exchange.”
Later in the interview Lloris hints he may perhaps have a gentlemen’s agreement with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy when he cryptically references a previous conversation that the pair have had.
He added: “That’s important to get to know people, to sense the culture of the club, to understand how it works. When you have the privilege to be able to talk directly with your president, like I do with Daniel Levy, that makes things so much easier. I know what we said to each other, and we have a relationship built on trust.”
Lloris is one of the best goalkeepers in world football, and as well as being an excellent shot-stopper, he is also adept at building attacks from the back with excellent distribution.
He’s a goalkeeper that inspires confidence in his defence and is incredibly brave and committed, as shown through playing with a suspected concussion against Everton in August.
Any move for Lloris would only take place if De Gea moves to Madrid, which is looking likely this year or next. United fans old enough to remember six seasons of goalkeeping howlers between Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar know how important it is to replace a great goalkeeper immediately, with someone of similar quality.
Whilst Lloris may not be as good as De Gea (who else besides Neuer?), he is an incredibly gifted goalkeeper and should be a transfer target if/when De Gea leaves.