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Gareth Bale exit talk not worrying Lloris

August 12, 2013
By Mark Rodden

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris insists that the club’s players are not paying attention to speculation over Gareth Bale’s future.

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Last weekend, Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas sought to play down persistent reports that Bale could join Real Madrid for £85 million.

The assumption that the Wales international will leave London has dominated the back pages all summer, but Lloris says it will not affect the Tottenham squad.

“He’s a really exceptional player who finds himself in a unique situation,” Lloris told L'Equipe. “First of all for the player, because, in this type of situation, you lose a lot of energy. It’s not easy to look ahead to the coming season.

"But, the players, we disregard all that [speculation]. We're preparing ourselves as best we can for the start of the league on Sunday.”

Spurs begin their Premier League campaign away to Crystal Palace, but before that Lloris will be in action for France in Belgium on Wednesday.

And the former Lyon goalkeeper, who joined Tottenham for €10 million last season, says the international is not the ideal preparation for the new club season.

“It’s a difficult period,” he said. “In July and at the start of August, you’re focused on your preparation. It’s difficult to look ahead.

“We’re judged on our performances so you have to show up. They’ll be very tough opposition and the national team lost our last matches [to Brazil and Uruguay in June].”

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