Search

Spurs boss: Lloris is ‘very happy’ and Adebayor still has a role to play

14:06 05 February 2015

Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris

PA Archive/Press Association Images

Mauricio Pochettino says goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is “very happy” at Tottenham and that it will be “difficult” for his suitors to take him away from north London.

Emmanuel Adebayor has stayed at Spurs despite opportunities to leave on loanEmmanuel Adebayor has stayed at Spurs despite opportunities to leave on loan

Lloris’ stunning performances over the last two seasons have made him a key player for the Lilywhites and attracted attention around the continent, but Pochettino has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to one of Europe’s top clubs.

Asked whether Spurs will be able to keep the France captain, with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain thought to be interested in his signature, Pochettino replied: “Hugo is happy here with us, he’s very happy. It’s difficult for these types of club to get him.

“I think Hugo is one of the best keepers in the world, and I have recognised that in different press conferences in the past. His contribution is magnificent.”

When it was suggested that Lloris wants to play in the Champions League, Pochettino replied: “He’s happy here. Maybe in the future his mind is to play in the Champions League for Tottenham.”

Meanwhile, Pochettino says he is happy that Emmanuel Adebayor is still at Tottenham, and insists the forward is a “very important” member of his squad.

Spurs tried to loan the Togo international out during the January transfer window, but he rejected a number of options and, having eventually decided to sign for West Ham, Lilywhites chairman Daniel Levy refused to subsidise his £100,00 a week wages due to Tottenham’s long-standing rivalry with the Hammers, scuppering the deal.

Adebayor insisted yesterday that is “very happy to stay at the club and do my job” – and Pochettino says the feeling is mutual.

“We’re happy too that he stays here because I think he’s a very important player,” said the head coach. “We just need to provide him with the tools to improve his game and try to help the team to get their objectives.

“Like all players, [we need] to try to push them, to train them in a good way and then give them the opportunity to play so they can give their best.

“I have confidence in him, like in other players, and then he needs to try to show that on the pitch.”

Adebayor recently spent more than two months out of the Tottenham team, and he was booed by some of the Spurs fans on his return.

Pochettino said: “We need to analyse the past, because that was difficult for him.

“It’s always difficult to come back again, to recover the confidence at the level to compete. If you review a little bit the past, the last two or three months, maybe people will understand that he needs time to recover his confidence and his best level.”

Follow me on Twitter @BenPearceSpurs

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Tottenham Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Tottenham Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Tottenham Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Tottenham Sports News

Yesterday, 12:00
Rugby league player Aston Stephenson

There aren’t too many boys who grow up in north London and go to university in rugby union’s heartland – and then become rugby league internationals.

Wed, 16:52
Beth Potter (right) is pursued by her British rivals Kate Avery and Jessica Andrews (second from left), who eventually won the race on the Parliament Hill athletics track. Pic: Mark Shearman

Former world record-holder Dave Bedford says Highgate Harriers’ Night of the 10,000m PBs is a “fascinating event” which is “of great value” to the world of athletics.

Mon, 15:06
North Middlesex captain Tom Nicoll (left) has praised Rob Fahrenheim (right), who hit 96 against Teddington on Saturday. Pic: Max Flego

New signing Rob Fahrenheim led a much-improved batting display from North Middlesex – but the Crouch End outfit suffered their second successive defeat in the Premier Division of the Middlesex County Cricket League.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Great Britain's Jo Pavey won the 2014 European Championships and will be aiming to qualify for her fifth Olympics when she competes in Highgate Harriers' Night of the 10,000m PBs at Parliament Hill on Saturday

Olympic dreams will be realised and dashed on the Parliament Hill athletics track on Saturday night as Britain’s top 10,000m runners battle it out for seats on the plane to Rio.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!