Jan Vertonghen has come out to try and stop one of Tottenham's most talented players leaving the club as Hugo Lloris has once again been linked with a move away from the north London side.
Lloris signed for Spurs in the summer of 2012, amid mass competition for one of the world's most talented young keepers, for a fee of £10 million from French side Lyon.
Spurs had to fight off competition from Real Madrid, Manchester United and Arsenal; however, now it appears that Spurs are prepared to lock horns for their star keeper once again.
Lloris, 28, is club and country captain and has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United as Louis van Gaal looks to strengthen a side that could be without their Player of the Season David De Gea.
Vice-captain Vertonghen, however, is desperate for one of Spurs brightest stars to stay at the club as in an interview with Sky Sports HQ he was quick to highlight just how important the French stopper is.
"He's been outstanding for us and if you want to continue growing as a club you have to keep your best players and Hugo [Lloris] is one of them," he said.
Vertonghen hopes Lloris will stay
Manchester United boss Van Gaal has been given the green light to splash the cash this summer and it would make sense for him to approach an already well established Premier League keeper.
The loss of De Gea could easily be subsidised with the capture of Hugo Lloris, however Vertonghen and Spurs are unwilling to let him go without a fight.
The Belgium international added: "He's the captain, very important and this season he was one of our best players."
Vertonghen goes up against Lloris in a friendly at the weekend between Belgium and France, with the two surely to at some stage discuss the north London clubs plans for next season.