Hugo Lloris has hinted he may have to consider his White Hart Lane future at the end of the season should Spurs not qualify for the Champions League, in quotes given to Telefoot and reported by ESPN FC.
However, the goalkeeper remains focused on helping Spurs reach Europe's top club competition in the short term.
When asked about his future at Spurs should they not qualify for the Champions League, Lloris replied:
We’re not at that point yet. We’ll see how things stand at the end of the season—especially as this season is longer with the World Cup.
The objective first and foremost is to qualify for the Champions League and then, year by year, to get closer to the big guns in our league.
Spurs currently sit joint-fourth in the table after having a resurgence since Tim Sherwood took the reins. Since Sherwood's appointment, Spurs are unbeaten in the league, winning five of their six games according to WhoScored.com, although their next match is against title-chasing Man City.
Spurs' away form has been significantly improved under Sherwood, who has steered the club to five consecutive away wins in the league for the first time since 1960, per BBC Sport.
This improvement coincides with the recall of in-form Togo International Emmanuel Adebayor, who has scored five goals in six games, and has prompted Lloris to praise the striker's form:
Lloris last appeared in the Champions League for former club Lyon in the 2011-12 season and appears keen to return to the competition.
The eccentric goalkeeper was linked with Ligue 1 money-bags Monaco at the start of the season, according to Ben Jefferson at The Express, and the French side look likely to claim a Champions League spot next season.
With Spurs already out of the FA Cup after defeat to rivals Arsenal, as well as the League Cup after a quarter-final exit, the Europa League looks to be the only competition that Spurs and Lloris have a chance of winning this season.
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Whether silverware will help to soften the blow should Spurs not qualify for the Champions League remains to be seen.
The 27-year-old goalkeeper, who has 57 international caps for France and cost Spurs £11 million, has played 21 times in the league this season, including the 6-0 thrashing at Man City and the 5-0 defeat at home to Liverpool, per WhoScored.com.
Should he want to leave in the summer, his sweeping skills as a keeper would be sorely missed by Tottenham.