World-class Tottenham star suggests he’s only still at Spurs because of Mauricio Pochettino

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Hugo Lloris has praised the transformation that Mauricio Pochettino has overseen at Tottenham Hotspur and admitted that he was considering leaving before the Argentine’s arrival.

The goalkeeper has often been linked with Manchester United, as the Daily Express reports, but believes that he has “flourished completely” and even improved at White Hart Lane under Pochettino.

“I’ve flourished completely here,” France’s captain told L’Equipe, according to Sky Sports. “I can even say that since the arrival of Pochettino I found new benchmarks.”

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But Lloris has not always been so happy in North London. He became disillusioned when Spurs were swapping managers from Andre Villas-Boas to Tim Sherwood, and questioned his future.

He signed a new five-year contract upon the arrival of Pochettino, who has since made him captain, and Lloris’s faith has been rewarded with Spurs flying high in the Premier League this season.

“My second season here was complicated, I had kept a certain level of performance but collectively there were too many gaps and it had been against the big teams,” Sky Sports quotes him as saying.

“I had not felt a strong club, but rather an unstable one, with a coaching change in the middle of the season, just the opposite of what I like to see in football. I was actually asking myself questions until Pochettino arrived.

“Even when it was not working yet, he said: ‘Do not worry, we will get there.’ His speech was clear, we suddenly knew where we were going. With the quality of the workforce, and work ethic that is in training, there is no reason that we don’t progress.”

Tottenham travel to Everton in the Premier League this afternoon. Victory – a fourth in a row over a successful Christmas period – would take them to within four points of leaders Arsenal.

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