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Tottenham ‘grant permission’ to Hugo Lloris to sit out pre-season tour

Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur have granted long-time goalkeeper Hugo Lloris permission ‘not to travel’ on the club’s pre-season tour of Australia.

This comes amid ongoing efforts on the part of club and player alike to find a new employer for the Frenchman.

Shot-stopper Lloris, of course, has been on the books of Spurs for over a decade now.

Once considered one of Europe’s finest between the posts, however, recent seasons have seen the World Cup winner come under increasing scrutiny.

Rumours pointing towards a potential departure from north London, in turn, had long begun to mount with a view to the summer.

It therefore did not come as much of a surprise when, early last month, Lloris made public his intention to seek out a new adventure:

This left new boss Ange Postecoglou and co. with a decision to make, ahead of Spurs’ departure for a pre-season tour of Australia later this evening.

To bring Lloris along, with a view to the veteran potentially acting as backup for new no.1 Guglielmo Vicario this coming season? Or leave him behind, in the hopes of finding a buyer?

Well, as confirmed by the Lilywhites themselves a short time ago, the latter has been chosen as the path forward.

As part of an official statement regarding the club’s travelling squad for pre-season, Spurs announced:

‘Hugo Lloris has been granted permission not to travel in order to explore prospective transfer opportunities.’

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Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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