Lloris deserves a club of 'higher standing' than Tottenham, claims Lizarazu

The former France international feels Spurs are "not a top European club", while the goalkeeper is eager to get his "great personal challenge" underway at White Hart Lane

Hugo Lloris has expressed his excitement after moving to Tottenham, but Bixente Lizarazu has believes the goalkeeper should have moved to a club of "higher standing".

The 25-year-old finalised his £12 million switch on Friday, signing a four-year deal, but the former France international has claimed that Lloris should have moved to a bigger club as Spurs are “not a top European club”.

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"I imagined a club of a higher standing for Hugo Lloris,” Lizarazu told RTL.

“For me, Tottenham is not more powerful than Lyon. The experience in England is necessary, but I thought he would go to a top European club. For me, Tottenham is not a top European club."

However, Lloris spoke his eagerness to get the “great personal challenge” that awaits him at White Hart Lane underway, before admitting that leaving Lyon was a tough decision to make.

He told Le Progres: “This is a new step, a great personal challenge for my sporting and human development. I will fully realise when I start training in London.

"I’m proud and also sad to leave my team-mates, [and] the fans that have greatly welcomed me, because it wasn’t easy to take the mantle of [former Lyon goalkeeper] Gregory Coupet.

"I’ll keep only the good things and the great memories of this great club and great city that allowed me to blossom and to reach my personal objectives in the national team."