Hugo Lloris has admitted he is struggling to adapt to life as a substitute at Tottenham – and says he will not stand for a spot on the bench “any longer”.
The Frenchman has been forced to play second fiddle to veteran shotstopper Brad Friedel since his £13 million move to north London, and has so far only started one Premier League game for his new club.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has always maintained he intends to pick his number one based purely on current form, but Lloris says he is growing tired of missing out on the action.
“It's not my motivation to be on the bench,” he said. I do not worry but I feel powerless, I want to play and I think I was brought to Tottenham for this purpose," Lloris said. "I'm ambitious and I want to be on the pitch.”
The former Lyon ‘keeper then fired a warning to Tottenham that seemed to hint that he is unwilling to put up with not playing for much longer.
He told Stade 2: "I have respect for all the people in the club, but things are clear, I'm not here to live this situation any longer."
While he continues to struggle for a game at club level, Lloris showed no signs of rustiness when helping France claim a valuable 1-1 draw against European and World champions Spain last week.
Lloris dismissed claims that his international place could be in doubt because of his problems at club level.
"I think selection for France and Tottenham are two singularly different things," he said. "I did not need this match against Spain for my status as number one.