Tottenham Hotspurs goalkeeper and club captain Hugo Lloris has signed a new contract keeping him at the club until at least 2022. Another show of intent of the club that is slowly becoming a Premier League heavy weight.
Lloris has established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the world in recent years. He also almost captained France to the 2016 European Championship title where France lost out to Portugal in the final.
The 29 year old moved to Spurs in 2012 and has since made more than 150 appearances, earning the captain’s armband in the process and soon became a fan favourite at White Hart Line.
Before the contract was announced there were lots of rumours going around that Lloris was being monitored by some of the top clubs in Europe. He was also linked to Manchester United as the replacement for David De Gea, who was supposed to move to Real Madrid before the move broke down on the final day of the transfer window.
The fact that Spurs managed to tie him down on a long-term contract speaks volumes about the club’s ambition and trust in manager Mauricio Pochettino given that the club has not won a major trophy since 2008.
Since the revolutionary 2010-2011 season which saw Spurs make it to the quarter finals of the EUFA Champions League, the club declined quite dramatically under Harry Redknapp. But since his appointment in 2014, Pochettino is slowly starting to build a side that could very well be competing for the highest honours in a few years.
As its stands the club currently sits in fifth place, with fourth placed Arsenal within reaching distance however their poor form in Europe has seen them knocked out of the Champions League and will compete in the Europa League in the new year.
There is no doubt that Spurs harbour much greater ambition than their current form, as they have not been afraid to spend in the transfer windows and have built a squad that given time could become very efficient.
Alongside Lloris, Harry Kane, Kyle Walker, Jan Vertongen and Danny Rose have all recently committed to the club. Pochettino will be hoping to tie down Toby Alderweireld soon as well who has become one of the best defenders in the league since his move from Atletico Madrid.
In a league that now boasts some of the best managers in modern football, Pochettino is about to find out just what it is going to take to become Premier League contenders. Hugo Lloris signing a new contract is a very good start to what is potentially going to be a defining few seasons for Tottenham Hotspurs.