As per football.london’s Alasdair Gold, Antonio Conte is now personally working to convince Hugo Lloris to remain at the club beyond next summer.
The Lowdown: Lloris’ contract expiry
Since arriving at Spurs in 2012, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has played 388 matches for the club, keeping 132 clean sheets. The Frenchman is considered to be to be having one of his greatest seasons yet, having conceded just 17 goals in 14 Premier League games for Tottenham despite some patches of perilous form from the team as a whole.
However, the club captain has just over six months remaining on his contract. This means he will be able to speak to foreign clubs in January about free transfer in the summer.
As the skipper is turning 35 later this year, it is not hard to imagine why Daniel Levy and co. may want to refrain from handing out another deal.
The Latest: Conte working on it
As per football.london, Conte has been a fan of the shot-stopper since arriving at Tottenham and so hopes that the France international will stay put.
It has been reported that it is Conte who has spoken directly with Lloris about the contract situation, as he looks to sort a solution with the player.
Behind the scenes, the Italian manager has made it clear that he is keen to keep the 34-year-old beyond next summer, and Spurs are hopeful that the ‘Conte effect’ will convince Lloris to come to a reasonable agreement.
The Verdict: Lloris crucial to Spurs
Conte has not been in charge long but he clearly already knows that Lloris is crucial to the team – as a captain and as a player. The World Cup winner was previously hailed as ‘fantastic’ by former manager Mauricio Pochettino, and it seems Conte has the same opinion.
Lloris has previously stated that he wishes to spend his final years playing back in France, whilst the player has also been linked with a move to the MLS. However, after seemingly winning over everyone at Hotspur Way, Conte will hopefully be able to do so with Lloris.
The club captain doesn’t appear to be anywhere near past his best, says Gold’s report, and the last thing the Lilywhites need is more uncertainty and disruption in defence by losing such an experienced figure.
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