Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood has said that the club are desperate to keep hold of first choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, after rumours that he would move in search of Champions League football.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Sherwood said, “Hugo has never, ever said that we must get into the Champions League or he'll go elsewhere I don't think. Without a doubt, no-one wants him to leave.
"He is a top-drawer goalkeeper - a genuine world-class player. He doesn't say a lot, just gets on with it, and when he's needed he's done brilliantly."
The French goalkeeper was at his best in the 3-1 victory over Fulham, making a number of fine saves, including saving a penalty from Steve Sidwell.
Spurs would therefore be frantically searching for a new number one if Lloris were to move on, especially given that second choice Brad Friedel is 43 in May and likely to retire in the near future.
Another issue is that, without Champions League football, the task of finding a world-class replacement would be difficult, unless the club were to take a gamble on a promising youngster.
Additionally, the club’s hierarchy may find it difficult to placate the fans’ ire after a series of occasions in which they have lost the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.
Sherwood went on to argue that, in order to compete with the best clubs, Spurs must stop selling their best players.
If we keep our world-class players we'll be better," he said. "It's very hard when you lose a player of Bale's qualities - he was a big loss.
"It obviously helps if players stay. I'm sure the chairman and the hierarchy did their best to keep them but in the end they decided it was right for the club to sell.
Indeed, with Spurs not being in the same financial bracket as the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United, it has been difficult in the past to resist offers such as the £30m that the Red Devils paid for Dimitar Berbatov in 2009.
However, the £85m world-record sale of Bale was something that almost any club would have acquiesced to, given the money involved.
Sherwood then hinted at the hope that last summer’s plethora of signings would have improved after a season in the Premier League.
"We have to look at the seven players we've signed and say it took players like Modric a bit of time, and they will be better for the Premier League experience they've had this season."
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