Spurs will suffer mass exodus if Champions League ambitions fail

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Hugo Lloris is one of the earliest subscribers to this season’s “fail to make the grade, and I’m off” club, after Tottenham’s French goalkeeper told a homeland newspaper that he’d be forced to consider his White Hart Lane future should the Lilywhites fail to nab a Champions League golden ticket.

Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Michael Carrick are just three examples of quality players the north London club had to let go after failing to meet their top four goals, and news that the best keeper the club has had in the Premier League era could follow suit will raise shrill alarm bells.

With Spurs 9/4 outsiders to land a luxury European tour this season, who else could bolt should their campaign fail to deliver?

Christian Eriksen

Creative midfielders are to football teams what milk is to cereal. As one of the brightest young talents in that department, Eriksen has no shortage of admirers. He turned down a move to Manchester City in 2012 before picking Spurs over Liverpool last summer.

Erik Lamela

Losing Lamela may not seem like the worst outcome in the world right now, but at 21-years-old Tottenham would be missing out on a potential star.

Spurs broke their transfer record to bring the former Roma man, who’s already been linked with a return to Serie A this January, for a reason and his departure would be a blow to the club’s future.

Jan Vertonghen

A mobile, strong and versatile defender, Vertonghen has been a revelation at White Hart Lane since arriving.

A regular place in the Champions League will be the first and only temptation clubs like Manchester City, Barcelona and Napoli, all of whom are keen on the player, need offer to lure him away.

Kyle Walker

PSG have been sniffing around the right-back for some time, while Walker’s relentless marauding would surely suit a European powerhouse like Real Madrid should Tottenham fail to make the top four.

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