Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has signed a new five-year contract to stay at White Hart Lane.
The ex-Lyon and Nice stopper joined Spurs in August 2012 and after competing with then incumbent Brad Friedel for a short while, secured his starting spot in the team and was one of the better performers in a disappointing season last time out.
“I spoke with the Chairman and I know the Club is as ambitious as ever,” said Lloris to the club's website. “It’s very important to feel at home at a club and for my family to feel well. I enjoy a great relationship with the Club and the fans. The arrival of Mauricio Pochettino is important as well. I have a good feeling with him. He is also ambitious.
"Everything is clear in my head and if I’ve signed a new contract it’s because I trust the Club and I’m sure we will progress in a positive way.
“Last season wasn’t the season we all hoped for but we were still able to finish sixth in the league. We know where we have to improve, the Club also knows and there is a feeling and a confident connection between the Club and the players.”
Lloris had been linked with a return to his homeland with moneybags PSG or Monaco, so his retention is excellent news for new manager Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham fans alike. At times the French captain was the only line of defence, and with Spurs playing a high line under both Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood, his speed off his line was key to Spurs avoiding some heavy losses.
Pochettino also likes his team to play high up the pitch, winning the ball back from the opposition as close to their goal as possible, so Lloris will continue his key role.
That back up option Friedel is so different, not just in terms of the points of their relative careers but also in the American’s unwillingness to leave the sanctuary of his goal, Tottenham have arguably completed their most important business of the transfer window already.
Lloris is highly regarded by the supporters and they are already applauding the club’s decision on social media.
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