Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris outlines what ‘modern’ new signing Clement Lenglet will bring to Spurs

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Lenglet has joined Spurs on a season-long loan from Barcelona  (Tottenham Hotspur FC)
Lenglet has joined Spurs on a season-long loan from Barcelona (Tottenham Hotspur FC)

Hugo Lloris has described new Tottenham signing Clement Lenglet as a "modern" defender with big club experience and says he is hungry to get back in the French national team.

Lenglet joined Spurs on a season-long loan from Barcelona last week and is expected to compete with Ben Davies as the left-sided centre-half in Antonio Conte’s back three.

The 27-year-old has won 15 caps for France, most recently in November last year, but has not been included in the last three Les Bleus squads after his form for Barcelona nosedived.

France and Spurs captain Lloris says Spurs have signed a talented player, although warned that he would need time to adapt to English football.

"About Clement, I'm really happy,” Lloris told reporters in Korea ahead of Saturday’s friendly against Sevilla. “Obviously I would have preferred him to be here [in Korea] with the team but it was not to be and he is working very hard [back in London] to make sure he is going to be ready to work with the team soon.

"You know he's the kind of player who is going to help the team, obviously with his experience, having played in a club like Barcelona and also his experience with the national team, even if the last few times he was not called, I think he has the ambition to get back in the national team.

"As a player I think he's a modern defender, comfortable to be able to play from the back, he has a great left foot and he can be very strong in one vs one and he's strong in the air. Even if it's never easy when you arrive in the Premier League and he will have to adapt to the intensity of the games but he is a high-level player.

"Also I'm even more happy because I have a good connection with him and also a great relationship with him. He has a great personality and he will adapt well to the team."

Lenglet is one of five summer signings already through the door at Spurs and a sixth, Djed Spence, is set to be completed on Friday, with the 21-year-old full-back at Hotspur Way for a medical.

Lloris, who will mark at decade at the club next month, says there is a lot of excitement about what Spurs can achieve under Conte this season.

"It's going to be 10 years [as a Spurs player] at the end of August," he said. "It's still very exciting and I'm looking forward to the new season. You can see I think the club have tried to put the players, Antonio and the staff in the best position they would like to get to, to strengthen the squad.

"Obviously to be back in the Champions League, we are all looking forward to this.

"Also we want to be even more competitive than last year, in all the competitions we're engaged in. I think we are going to start the season with a lot of ambition, but also a lot of humility and respect.

“The priority at the moment is to be focused on the preparation. We know how important it is to be condition for a high level of football so we're trying to be as fit as possible and there is a lot of excitement for the coming season."

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