“This is the last stage of my career”: Hugo Lloris, the new star of Los Angeles and MLS

Hugo Lloris as a star in Los Angeles. Los Angeles FC's new recruit was presented to the press this Wednesday. The 2018 World Champion was particularly pleased to join his new club after 19 professional seasons in Europe.

“I discover, it's a breath of fresh air in my eyes, it's what I was looking for,” explained the former Tottenham goalkeeper in an interview with AFP. I really wanted to discover something different, something new, that was always on my mind. There were several opportunities in the Middle East, in Asia, but also in other clubs in the MLS. When LAFC came along, that was my priority, everything happened very quickly. »

After more than 11 years spent in London's Tottenham, Lloris, a former player of Nice and Lyon, announced at the end of December his move to Los Angeles FC, a club that arrived in MLS in 2018.

“Everything here for personal development”

Although he admits that football is still “a bit behind” other sports such as American football, basketball or baseball, Lloris has already received a warm welcome from his fans. “I've seen the evolution in recent years, it's something very important in the hearts of Americans. The championship is becoming more and more competitive. When this opportunity presented itself, I didn't think twice. There is everything here for personal development on and off the field,” he enthuses.

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In Los Angeles FC, Hugo Lloris is starting from scratch in a championship he has never experienced, although he has already come to training several times. “We are in the reconstruction phase with new players, youth and quality. It's very different from what I experienced in the Premier League and that's completely normal, the resources are different, but I think the club is very structured, well organized – explained the former goalkeeper of the Blues.

At the age of 37, Lloris also confirmed that this is indeed the last part of his career, ruling out a return to Europe. “This is the last stage of my career, I still feel the desire to do things well,” he replied. LAFC's next match is this Saturday, February 17.

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