Lloris: Spurs are just giving me time to settle in

Hugo Lloris believes that his initial spell as Tottenham’s No2 has given him a “period of adaptation” – and he is looking forward to having a central role in Spurs’ future.

France keeper Lloris has started his career in the Premier League on the bench, with Andre Villas-Boas keeping faith with 41-year-old Brad Friedel for the Lilywhites’ latest league fixture against Reading.

That has caused some surprise, given that Tottenham spent �8million to sign Lloris from Lyon on deadline day – but the Frenchman says his temporary time on the sidelines is giving him the time to settle in.

“I think Tottenham has a great project for the future and I think I will have my place, but now it’s a period of adaptation,” said Lloris.

“I have the time to adapt with my new team and I think everybody in Tottenham thinks the same thing.

“Will I play on Sunday [against QPR]? I don’t know, the coach will take his decision. I think we work very well with the other goalkeepers.

“For me it’s a new thing, I am discovering a lot of things like with the new stadium [on Thursday night against Lazio].

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“I’m here, I give all my best, I want to work and I want to play but now the coach will take his decision about me. I will just work and we will see.”

Lloris made his Tottenham debut on Thursday night in a goalless draw against Lazio in the Europa League, playing his part in Spurs’ first shut-out of the season.

“It’s good [to start with a clean sheet] but I would prefer to win with my team so I think in the next game we will want to win and to continue this competition with a good thing,” he said.

“I didn’t have to take any balls, but we had to concentrate and we did that so we have a clean sheet and that’s important for the confidence - but we haven’t won. We are happy but we want to win the next game.

“I think it was a good game, but we were not lucky. We had maybe we had one or two opportunities to win and the referee has taken another decision, so we respect this.

“But I think Lazio is a good team, they came to defend and they defended very well so we want to take three points in the next game.”

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