Reliable reporter Fabrizio Romano has provided a big update regarding the future of Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
The Lowdown: Lloris’ contract situation
The Frenchman, who is approaching 10 years as a Spurs player, has continued to be first choice under Antonio Conte and is seven appearances shy from reaching 400 for the club.
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However, the 35-year-old is out of contract at the end of June, so he could technically talk to clubs outside of England over a possible pre-contract agreement right now.
Spurs have been linked with a move for West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in recent days, but it seems as if Conte wants to keep the French shot-stopper in north London for a further 12 months.
The Latest: Romano’s post
Romano took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to provide an update on Lloris’ future. He revealed: “Tottenham are in talks with Hugo Lloris and ‘confident’ to extend his contract until June 2023. One more season approved by Antonio Conte.”
Romano also included the following quote from the Spurs manager in his tweet: “He’s top level – I’m sure sure in a short time the club will find a solution with Lloris because he loves Tottenham”.
The Verdict: Smart move
Even if Tottenham bolster their goalkeeping ranks with the acquisition of Johnstone this month, having Lloris around for a further 12 months could be a shrewd move.
It seems as if Conte isn’t sure on loanee Pierluigi Gollini either, with the 26-year-old playing just once under the incumbent boss (the 2-1 defeat to NS Mura), so Spurs may well end up declining their option-to-buy clause for the Italian netminder in the summer.
On that basis, they could do with keeping Lloris while bringing in another stopper over the coming months, and it seems as if they are confident of retaining the French veteran for at least another year.
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