Hugo Lloris explains what Mauricio Pochettino said to make him stay

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The France international captain was considering a move away from Tottenham Hotspur before speaking with his Argentine boss.

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris admits he was readying himself for a move away from White Hart Lane before being convinced to stay by his coach, according to the Telegraph.

Following lacklustre Premier League finishes under Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood, Lloris says he was on the cusp of leaving the north Londoners in search of success in pastures new.

Tottenham’s defence had been leaking goals over recent seasons - conceding more than relegated Hull City during the 2014-15 campaign - however focus has switched under the Argentinian coach.

The arrival of Toby Alderweireld at the heart of the Spurs' defence has improved their clean sheet record dramatically - 13 already this term - with the Belgian building a strong partnership with his compatriot Jan Vertonghen.

After rumours linking him with a transfer to European heavyweights Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, the Spurs stopper revealed he was persuaded to remain with the club following a meeting with boss Pochettino.

According to the Telegraph, Lloris said: “I had concerns and was questioning myself two years ago, after Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood had been in charge, but the first meeting with Mauricio Pochettino was very clear for me and my future.

"I trusted him from the first second I met him. I really understand what he wants, fully agree with his football vision. We have the same football view.

“He's brought a lot to the team and the players and that is to his credit. He changed everything, at the training ground, in the squad.

“It is about his mentality, his personality. We can feel we have improved a lot. We have a real identity now and that is very clear."

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