Hugo Lloris has an uncertain future at Tottenham Hotspur as his contract is up ‘next summer’ and it doesn’t appear he’ll put pen to paper on an extension. Foot Mercato believe the 35-year-old could be on his way back to France with former club OGC Nice ‘wishing’ to sign him, but a decision on his future has yet to be made.
Lloris joined Spurs from Olympique Lyonnais in 2012 and has gone on to make 392 appearances in all competitions, conceding 439 goals and keeping 133 clean sheets. The 6ft 2in French international has been a brilliant servant for Tottenham and remains a regular between the sticks, but this could be his final season at the club.
His career began at Nice, developing in the academy before making 78 appearances in the first-team between 2005 and 2008. Lloris then moved to Lyon that summer and spent four years at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, making 201 appearances.
Lloris was born in Nice and played for his hometown club, so it would be a sentimental decision to return. And they’re currently second in Ligue 1 with 33 points from 19 games, so it wouldn’t be a major step down the ladder – Nice will be playing Champions League football next season as things stand.
Walter Benitez is their current goalkeeper but Foot Mercato say he could be on the way out over the summer, hence why Lloris could be taking his spot at the Allianz Riviera. The 35-year-old hasn’t made any announcement about his Tottenham future yet, though, so this is speculation.
While his contract runs down without any suggestion of an extension, however, more talk will be on Lloris potentially leaving Spurs for good. He’s been a terrific servant for nearly a decade and certainly deserves time to make an informed decision. Lloris’ exit would be bad news for Tottenham as he’ll be a difficult player to replace.