Thierry Henry says Hugo Lloris would have left Tottenham Hotspur if it wasn't for Mauricio Pochettino

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Hugo Lloris has stayed with Tottenham Hotspur, even though they are not currently playing Champions League football.

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has told The Sun that Hugo Lloris may have wanted to leave Tottenham Hotspur if it wasn’t for Mauricio Pochettino.

Lloris is regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers in European football, but he has shown great commitment to stay with Spurs without Champions League football on offer.

But Henry believes that Lloris may have packed up and left already, had Pochettino’s side not shown such signs of progression this season.

“Mauricio Pochettino has done an amazing job for Spurs and convinced everyone at the club that this is their time,” the Frenchman told The Sun.

“He has bought well, he stayed with Harry Kane when people were having a go at him and he has kept hold of keeper Hugo Lloris when he might have been tempted to leave.”

When Pochettino took charge at Tottenham in 2014, they appeared to be heading on a downwards trajectory.

However, the Argentine boss has assembled a vibrant, young squad at White Hart Lane and he has mastermind Spurs’ most promising season in recent times.

Tottenham are not only competing for the Premier League title, but they have also made good progress in the Europa League.

Pochettino’s side’s toughest test of the season lies in wait for them tomorrow, though, when they face Arsenal.

If Spurs can hold their nerve and win the North London Derby, then they will move to the top of the Premier League table, and gain a six-point advantage on their London rivals.

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