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:
To this point, the 36-year-old is yet to find a new club, despite links with the likes of Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
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.’