Hugo Lloris labelled Mike Maignan very ambitious as the goalkeeper was asked about the reported Spurs target succeeding him for France – in comments reported by Foot Mercato.
Lloris’s future for both club and country looks to be somewhat up in the air. The Telegraph reported last week that Nice are eyeing a move for the 34-year-old as he edges towards the final year of his contract in North London.
And it appears that Maignan may be the player that Spurs would like as a potential replacement. According to France Football, they are battling the likes of Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan for the £21.3 million Lille star.
The pair are both involved in the current France squad. And ahead of their final World Cup qualifier of this break, Lloris was asked about the possibility of Maignan succeeding him for the national team.
“It is always difficult to project,” he said, as reported by Foot Mercato. “He is one of the goalkeepers, with Alphonse Areola, Illan Meslier or Alban Lafont, and I certainly forget some, who are in the news today. He is there with a lot of desire and motivation to learn, he is very ambitious.”
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Of course, Lloris’s comments are particularly interesting given Maignan’s links with Tottenham.
Spurs fans will be hoping that the notion that he is very ambitious is a boost for their hopes.
Lloris is going to leave big gloves to fill when he does step aside. Admittedly, his form has not been particularly impressive over the last couple of years.
But he will be remembered as one of the Premier League’s best ever goalkeepers. Getting the right replacement in is going to be crucial for Tottenham and for France.