According to sources in France, Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has admitted that he is keen to play in the Champions League as transfer speculation mounts linking him to Manchester United.
Speaking to RMC, Lloris admitted that he is keen to test himself at the continental high table: “The Champions League is an aim and a personal ambition of mine,” the French international began.
“It’s the highest level in Europe. I keep calm over all that, let’s see how things develop.”
The goalkeeper’s comments are set to see transfer speculation linking him to Old Trafford escalate over the coming weeks.
Recently, as reported by The Sun, Lloris distanced himself from transfer talk, although refused to completely rule-out a move to Manchester.
“For the moment there is a goalkeeper at United and we are watchful of his situation. You have to keep a certain calm with all this,” he began.
“If things should happen then they’ll happen naturally.”
Tottenham, Lloris’s current employers, will not be competing at the continental high table during the 2015-16 season following their fifth-place finish in the Premier League, while United, who finished one place ahead of them in fourth, could offer Champions League football to the former Olympique Lyonnais stopper.
United may well be looking to recruit a new goalkeeper this summer, with Spain international David De Gea heavily linked with a return to his homeland.
Real Madrid are believed to be keen in the talented guardsman and the Independent are just one source to have linked Rafael Benitez with a move for the former Atletico Madrid keeper one of his first signings and the successor to the legendary Iker Casillas.
Should De Gea depart, United will have no shortage of candidates to replace him.
Victor Valdes—a World Cup winner with Spain and a multi-time Champions League winner with Barcelona—is already on the club’s books, but the likes of Petr Cech [Telegraph], Samir Handanovic [Metro] and Asmir Begovic [Mirror] have also been mooted as possible alternatives.