Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou has admitted club captain Hugo Lloris has impressed in training but will be leaving the club this summer.
After the team’s arrival in Australia for their preseason tour, Postecoglou spoke to the media for the first time via Football London.
As he considers his options for the forthcoming season, the Australian coach has assembled a very formidable team.
Several first-team players, however, have been left behind for various reasons.
The likes of Ryan Sessegnon, Rodrigo Bentancur and Bryan Gil all missed out through injury.
However, Hugo Lloris was also left behind as he seeks a move away from the club.
The French World Cup winner has been a constant in the Spurs side for over a decade now.
Ange Postecoglou said that since Lloris joined Tottenham, he has impressed him in training.
The goalkeeper, who cost £13 million, was given the option of participating in the tour or not while he considers his options for the future.
He’ll be supporting his teammates from the other side of the world as they get ready for another Premier League campaign.
Postecoglou impressed with Lloris in training as he nears exit
I had a really positive talk with Hugo,” Postecoglou responded when asked about the Tottenham captain. I gave him the option to decide for himself if he wanted to accompany us since I thought he earned it.
“I’ve only spoken to him a couple of times but seen how good he is in training.
“It’s probably not the way he wanted to end his time at Tottenham with all that he’s contributed, but it’s a positive. He’s contributed so much.”
This summer, Postecoglou moved swiftly to replace Lloris by signing Empoli goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario before the start of preseason practice.
Although Lloris struggled at times last season, he has made many amazing saves throughout his career, so the Italian has large shoes to fill.
Vicario ought to be more adept at handling the ball at his feet, which was Lloris’ main area of weakness.
It’s a signal of how Postecoglou wants his team to play heading into the new campaign.
Spurs fans won’t have to wait long to see their new goalkeeper in action.
Unfortunately, it looks that they had one final opportunity to say goodbye during the half of last season’s thrashing at Newcastle.