Tottenham 'keeper Lloris drops exit hint - will 'weigh things up at end of season'

Hugo Lloris

French stopper Hugo Lloris has not given a confident answer over his long-term Spurs future if they finish outside the top four this season.

When Tottenham Hotspur brought in Hugo Lloris for less than €10 million it was seen as a bargain buy - and one that had caught many other team cold across Europe.

And his time in London has so far been topsy-turvy.

The captain of the French national team however did not have it all his own way when he first arrived at White Hart Lane. He struggled to usurp veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel from the goal-mouth and struggled in his early appearances - appearing almost anxious to make a positive impression.

He then began to impress with his sweeper keeper style and fast reaction time - leaving many believing he was one of the best in the Premier League.

But players soon become accustomed to his off-the-line eagerness - and it has cost him on a number of occasions.

Then there was the clash with Romelu Lukaku. The Frenchman was left unconscious on the ground - and despite medical opinion to the contrary he played on regardless.

His form since then has diminished.

In his 13 games for Spurs since the incident he has conceded 27 goals. In the 13 previous to and including the one where he collided with Lukaku’s thigh he conceded just five.

And his performances have seen him criticised by some fans and pundits - leaving talk of bringing in the veteran stopper Brad Friedel to grow.

But Tottenham may want to consider bringing in somebody else anyway - as Lloris may not be hanging around long.

He was speaking to Telefoot this weekend - and left the door open to a potential exit if Spurs do not reach the Champions League:

“The objective is to reach the Champions League. After that, it's to close the gap on the biggest teams in the league. Without Champions League football? I've not thought about it. I must weigh things up at the end of the season.”

With plenty of big teams such as Monaco, AC Milan and Barcelona looking for new stoppers in the summer he will certainly not be short of potential suitors.

The question Tottenham have to ask, considering his erratic form this season, is whether to cash in on the enigmatic stopper.

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