Antonio Conte on contract situation of Hugo Lloris and reveals his plans for the skipper
Hugo Lloris has proven his worth over the years at Tottenham Hotspur, but with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Antonio Conte was asked about the situation and his plans for the skipper.
Speaking in the pre-match press conference (h/t Football.London), Conte chipped in with his thoughts on the situation while revealing his plans for the Frenchman. He spoke ahead of the match against Norwich City in the Premier League on Sunday.
Lloris has played a whopping 387 matches for Tottenham and has earned 131 clean sheets in the process. He was influential in the win against Brentford, with his most memorable moment being the goal-line save where he used his foot to stop and collect the ball.
“Yeah but I’ve just arrived. At this moment, for sure, we have many situations to solve. Hugo is the captain of this team, captain of France and we’re talking about a top goalkeeper. He knows very well now we’re trying to do our best.”
“Me as a coach, Hugo as goalkeeper and every player has to perform at high level, but for sure we’ll have time to speak about him and I consider him an important player for his experience. He’s a good goalkeeper first of all and many years at the club, he showed always great commitment for this club.”
Good news on the way?
According to the Italian publication Tuttomercato (h/t ESPN), the 34-year-old will engage in contract negotiation over an extension for one year in the first week of January. Jordan Pickford, who got linked to Spurs, is supposedly discarded as the transfer target.
Goalkeepers can play at the top level into their 30s and Lloris has also shown no real drop in form. However, it is also good to see that the North London club is not taking any risk by offering a one-year extension. If he continues to play at a high level, we could assess the options next year.
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It would also mean that there is time for him to win a title at this club and extinguish the drought. He has won trophies with his national team, but he would also love to do that with us. He deserves to lift a trophy as the club captain for everything he has done for us over the years.
If the extension reaches an agreement between both parties, we hope the Italian could help him stand on the podium with a winner’s medal around his neck in a Spurs shirt.