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Hugo Lloris defends Tottenham's 'rich and significant history'

Sean Walsh
Lloris has been the captain of Tottenham since 2015
Lloris has been the captain of Tottenham since 2015 / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris has claimed it is still a 'pleasure' to play for the club as he closes in on a decade spent in north London.

Lloris was highly-rated when he first moved to Spurs from Lyon in 2012 and has established himself as one of the world's finest goalkeepers since.

Despite Tottenham's lack of silverware in recent years, Lloris has scarcely been linked with a move away from the club and recently penned a two-year extension. In an interview with radio station Europe 1, Lloris reaffirmed that they remain 'significant' in English football.

“The club has a rich history even if it’s slightly less well known in France than other clubs,” Lloris said. “But it has a pretty significant history. It’s coming up 10 years that I’ve been there now and it’s still a pleasure.

"We make career choices and we always ask ourselves the right questions. But when I had the opportunity, after four years spent at Lyon, I wanted to go out of my comfort zone a bit, to question myself and to go looking for new challenges. That’s how I found myself in the Premier League.”

Lloris then went on to talk about what he's learnt from the different managers he's had at Spurs. Current PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino would often refer to the French skipper as the fifth member of his coaching staff and the 35-year-old returned the sentiment.

“I’ve learnt from all [my managers]. I’ve built myself as a player, but also as a man through these men and managers," Lloris added.

"At Tottenham, I had the Andre Villas-Boas experience. Then I had a very short experience with Tim Sherwood. Especially, I had this experience with Mauricio Pochettino. For me, that went beyond the world of football, there’s a friendly relationship that was created. Even if we knew the majority of things, I learnt a lot by their sides.

"There’s also been Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte now. There’s a lot to learn from them.”