Tottenham Hotspur captain Hugo Lloris has admitted that team-mate Moussa Sissoko may have to leave the club in order to play more first-team football.

The midfielder joined Spurs from Newcastle United last summer but failed to establish himself in the side, making a total of just eight Premier League starts.

Lloris plays with Sissoko for France at international level and, with the World Cup now less than a year away, he believes his compatriot has to make more of an impact this season in order to remain in the squad for the tournament in Russia.

“Moussa is important for the French national team,” the experienced goalkeeper is quoted as saying in The Guardian.

“He needs to play, obviously, more than last season but then it’s a question of choices. It doesn’t belong to me.

“It’s true that last season was a bit frustrating for him and he’s got a lot to prove and then we’ll see what will happen in this period.”

Sissoko was a £30 million acquisition when he signed from the Magpies last August and much was expected of the 27-year-old coming off the back of a series of impressive displays for his country at Euro 2016.

However, he failed to live up to the hype and increasingly struggled for game time as the campaign wore on.

Question marks over his attitude have cropped up among the fans, with Mauricio Pochettino demanding very high standards of his players.

With the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min dominating the attacking midfielder positions in the Spurs side, Sissoko faces a real challenge to be a first-team regular in North London.

Tottenham ultimately finished second in the Premier League behind London rivals Chelsea and are aiming to go one better this time around.

They will also be targeting an improvement on their performance in Europe after crashing out of the Champions League at the group stage last term.

Spurs open the season with a trip to Sissoko’s old club Newcastle on August 13, before hosting champions Chelsea at Wembley a week later.

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