After watching their season fall apart at the back end of last campaign, Tottenham Hotspur have been hit with another blow as goalkeeper Hugo Lloris rejected a new five-year contract with the club this week according to the Mirror.
The 29-year-old, currently on international duty with France, has three years left on his current deal. However, after becoming a vital cog in the Spurs side in recent years, Chairman Daniel Levy wanted to see Lloris represent the club beyond 2019 by offering him a new contract, but was subsequently met with a refusal.
Tottenham fans shouldn’t be too disheartened though because discussions over a new deal are far from his number one priority at the moment. With Euro 2016 just around the corner, the France captain will have his 100 percent focus on the tournament instead of worrying about his Spurs future, especially with three years still left on his current deal. Turning down the deal doesn’t suggest he is on the brink of a White Hart Lane departure, it may just mean Levy picked a wrong time to negotiate.
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It’s clear to see Lloris is very much content at the London club as he has always weighed off transfer speculation despite teams such as Paris Saint-Germain expressing an interest. With a return to his home country on top of a high possibility of successive silverware, a move to the French giants wouldn’t take much persuasion. However, Spurs’ number one has stayed loyal to the London side even though they have fallen short of trophies in recent seasons.
On the other hand, the contract refusal could suggest he would prefer to stand between the sticks at a different club. Lloris, who claimed he is one of the best shot-stoppers in the world, may be waiting for the big guns to come calling.
Barcelona’s number one Marc-Andre ter Stegen could be heading for Manchester City this summer and the French international may just be the perfect fit for the Spaniards, he definitely possesses the calibre to fill the potential vacant role.
That aside, with the loyalty Lloris has shown, Spurs can be confident that the Frenchman will be guarding the net for the next couple of seasons. As for the long term, however, they may have to assess other options.