Tottenham’s Benjamin Stambouli outlines why Hugo Lloris is a 'legend'

Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris is considered a goalkeeping great in France.

Lloris is the captain of the French national team, and is one of two vice-captains at White Hart Lane.

Considered one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, Lloris has commonly been ranked alongside the likes of David De Gea and Thibaut Courtois, and it has been reported in recent weeks that Manchester United, PSG and Real Madrid have all been tracking the 27-year-old.

Since moving to North London in the summer of 2012, Lloris has been one consistent performer in an incredibly turbulent spell at White Hart Lane, and, although he signed a new five-year contract in July, he may be forced to leave the club should the Lilywhites fail to qualify for the Champions League in the coming years.

A three-time winner of the Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year award, Lloris is highly praised in his homeland, and his new teammate Benjamin Stambouli told Standard Sport that the 27-year-old stopper is considered a legend in France.

“In France, we’ve always had good goalkeepers, people like Jean-Luc Ettori and Fabien Barthez, and Hugo belongs in that company,” 24-year-old Stambouli said.

“As a goalkeeper, he is a legend.

“Maybe he will not be idolised like Michel Platini or Zinedine Zidane, because they wore the No10 shirt and goalkeepers are not as high profile, but Hugo is a great keeper.”

As captain of Les Bleus, Lloris is widely respected by his national compatriots, and Stambouli praised the qualities that he shows that earned him the armband.

The midfielder added: “He is a hero in France. He’s an example for everyone, someone who is humble, always calm.

“We love him in France because we know he is a good person, but when he has something to say to someone, he always will.

“He is an honest person and he is not captain of the national team by accident. They choose him because he is a good guy and he has a very good character.”

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