Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris has told French outlet France Football that he does not expect to finish his career in north London, and that a move to the United States is his most likely avenue in the future.
Lloris, 32, came under criticism last season for a number of high-profile errors, most notably a red card in the Champions League against PSV Eindhoven and conceding a soft goal against Liverpool. He has retained his number one spot, though.
Keeping 16 clean sheets in 44 matches last term, Lloris finally got his first clean sheet of the season on Saturday at his fifth attempt as Spurs beat Crystal Palace won 4-0. He has now surpassed 300 appearances this season for Spurs.
The 2018 World Cup winner has stated that he does not expect to stay at Tottenham until he retires, and is open to a move to the MLS before his career comes to an end – when that will be, though, remains to be seen.
“I do not think I’m going to finish [my career] at Tottenham,” Lloris said. “I still have a few years ahead of me. In any case, I will do everything to make the most of it. You have to know when to say stop, but I’m not against the idea of something new.
“That could be the United States. I do not know, right now, I am more focused on the short term. In football, things go so fast. We are here tomorrow and after that we’re elsewhere. You have to be careful. I could finish over there [MLS], we’ll see.”
TBR’s view – When should Spurs choose to cash in on Lloris?
Lloris has three years remaining on his £100,000-a-week contract at Tottenham (Spotrac), but Spurs must be careful in selecting the right time to sell him. Firstly, it looks unlikely that he will sign a new deal with Tottenham.
If he is to remain at Spurs until his contract expires, he will be 35. A new deal is hard to see. But do Spurs wait three years before waving goodbye? Chairman Daniel Levy is renowned for bringing in every penny, and he is unlikely to let Lloris leave for nothing.
So, Spurs may look to sell Lloris a season before his contract expires – in the summer of 2021. But, by then, Lloris will be 34 – and his value will have dropped. The quicker they sell him, the more they will get. Is Lloris worth keeping, even if his value decreases? Levy has plenty to consider.