Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy told talkSPORT what he’s heard with regards to the future of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
The Manchester Evening News has reported that the Frenchman is reportedly keen on a move to a club playing in the Champions League, with Manchester United tipped to make a move for him should David De Gea head off to Real Madrid.
It would be a bitter pill for Tottenham fans to swallow but Murphy feels the writing may already be on the wall with Tottenham facing a small chance of hanging onto the player.
“It really doesn’t surprise me – They might not want to let him go, but I’ve heard he wants to go. I’ve heard that he wants to play Champions League football and I’ve heard he wants to win things. Unfortunately for Tottenham fans even though they’re trying to build a side, I think he’ll be off,” he said.
Tottenham have benefit directly from Lloris’ performances, with the Frenchman the difference in several matches for the North Londoners last season.
However, the club finished fifth which wasn’t enough to help the team into the Champions League for next season.
That’s the Holy Grail for Tottenham for a number of obvious reasons and until that goal is reached, it’s going to be very difficult for Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy to keep the club’s best players in place.
Lloris is a professional and while he represents Tottenham, he will stay fully committed to the cause, even if he does have aspirations to play at a higher level.
He won’t throw his toys out of the pram and in an ideal situation, he would be able to feature prominently in a Tottenham side which qualifies for the Champions League next season.
However, if the carrot is dangled, the club may well bite.