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Hugo Lloris: “There are very few players like Varane”

France captain and Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris addressed the press ahead of France’s game against Albania tomorrow evening in Rennes.

On not playing the last two games: “It was another way of living with the French national team.”

On Raphael Varane: “Varane is becoming more and more important. He has this ability to put the whole defensive sector at ease. There are very few players like Varane. He still has a lot of things to prove, but he has the potential to become a truly great player.”

On Steve Mandanda: “My relationship with Steve has been very good from the start. We are all teammates, even if there is competition for places.”

On playing for France: “All the games are important when you’re wearing the France shirt, no matter who the opposition is. It is a joy and makes me proud.”

On Tottenham Hotspur: “It is a delicate period with Tottenham, we need to ask ourselves questions and find the answers. We have a collective problem. We are growing during these moments, we are forcing to find a solution.”

On playing in Rennes: “It is important to leave the Paris region and be in contact with our fans.”

On Karim Benzema: “Karim has taken on another dimension. He is decisive for Real, he scores a lot. It is good for France. Karim has reached a level of confidence that allows him to do the right thing at the right time. He is a complete package. I think that Karim deserves to be on the podium for the Ballon D’Or. I want him to be.”

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