Hugo Lloris has revealed the main reason behind his long stay at White Hart Lane, remaining rooted in north London despite interest from a number of top European sides.
Speaking to espnfc.com at a sponsorship event, admitted: “The main reason is Mauricio Pochettino. That’s the truth and I cannot hide that.”
The Frenchman has also said previously that his future at Spurs is ‘tied’ to Mauricio Pochettino, and when asked to elaborate on that, he added: “It’s very clear. It just means I have a lot of respect for the man, a lot of respect for the manager.
“We have a great connection and when you get something strong like that, it’s never easy to find it again in your life or in your career. It’s very simple.
“And then, in football, everything is impossible. The only thing that I know is that I enjoy my time at Tottenham and especially under Mauricio Pochettino. I believe that with him the club can reach the level we all want.
“I still remember the first time I spoke to him by phone, just a few days after he signed here as manager. It was very simple. He tried to describe his philosophy of football, the way he wants to play, the way he wants the team to work. And his ambition. He’s a winner and he has a lot of ambition, individually.
“He has created something very special inside this building [Hotspur Way] because I can tell you that the club we are at the moment is not the same as it was before he signed. I could talk a lot about him but this is not the right place.”
Spurs go into this weekend’s cup clash against Chelsea with a chance to steal title momentum from their title rivals and crank up the pressure in the final few weeks of the season.
However, despite Lloris saying he feels Spurs are going in the right direction to becoming a ‘big institution’, he feels his side still has a lot to learn and pointed towards their failure to qualify from the Champions League group stage as an example of this.
“A winning mentality is already in this team — we just need some chances and opportunities, and we have a few before the end of the season. When you have a chance, you have to take it,” he said.
“It’s true that at some other clubs, in England, France, Spain, Italy or Germany, they are used to winning a lot of trophies. It was the case 50 years ago, it was the case 20 years ago and it will be the case in a few years. Because they are big institutions and all the players respect those institutions.
“That’s the way to follow, but you cannot arrive one day and say, ‘I want to change everything’, and then win. You need to take time, build up something strong step-by-step, and you need to live through experiences like last season.
“Even like this season – in the Champions League it was a failure but we need to go through this kind of moment to improve. It’s a process.”
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