Spurs boss: Lloris is ‘very happy’ and Adebayor still has a role to play
PUBLISHED: 14:06 05 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:46 05 February 2015
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Mauricio Pochettino says goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is “very happy” at Tottenham and that it will be “difficult” for his suitors to take him away from north London.
Lloris’ stunning performances over the last two seasons have made him a key player for the Lilywhites and attracted attention around the continent, but Pochettino has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to one of Europe’s top clubs.
Asked whether Spurs will be able to keep the France captain, with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain thought to be interested in his signature, Pochettino replied: “Hugo is happy here with us, he’s very happy. It’s difficult for these types of club to get him.
“I think Hugo is one of the best keepers in the world, and I have recognised that in different press conferences in the past. His contribution is magnificent.”
When it was suggested that Lloris wants to play in the Champions League, Pochettino replied: “He’s happy here. Maybe in the future his mind is to play in the Champions League for Tottenham.”
Meanwhile, Pochettino says he is happy that Emmanuel Adebayor is still at Tottenham, and insists the forward is a “very important” member of his squad.
Spurs tried to loan the Togo international out during the January transfer window, but he rejected a number of options and, having eventually decided to sign for West Ham, Lilywhites chairman Daniel Levy refused to subsidise his £100,00 a week wages due to Tottenham’s long-standing rivalry with the Hammers, scuppering the deal.
Adebayor insisted yesterday that is “very happy to stay at the club and do my job” – and Pochettino says the feeling is mutual.
“We’re happy too that he stays here because I think he’s a very important player,” said the head coach. “We just need to provide him with the tools to improve his game and try to help the team to get their objectives.
“Like all players, [we need] to try to push them, to train them in a good way and then give them the opportunity to play so they can give their best.
“I have confidence in him, like in other players, and then he needs to try to show that on the pitch.”
Adebayor recently spent more than two months out of the Tottenham team, and he was booed by some of the Spurs fans on his return.
Pochettino said: “We need to analyse the past, because that was difficult for him.
“It’s always difficult to come back again, to recover the confidence at the level to compete. If you review a little bit the past, the last two or three months, maybe people will understand that he needs time to recover his confidence and his best level.”
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