Danny Mills suggested that Tottenham may need to tie Hugo Lloris down to a new deal this upcoming season after the club began preliminary talks over his contract.
The former Leeds and Manchester City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that once a player enters the final year of his contract he is already considering an exit.
Lloris, 33, still has two years remaining on his current agreement with Spurs having last signed an extension in December 2016.
As revealed by Football Insider the Lilywhites have opened preliminary talks with the French goalkeeper’s representatives over a lucrative new deal that would see the him finish his career at the club.
Lloris has made 325 appearances for the London club since he arrived from Ligue 1 giants Lyon for £11million in August 2012.
When asked by Football Insider if the goalkeeper’s contract situation was a matter of urgency, Mills said: “It needs to be addressed this season.
“Once you get to a year the player realises that it is not even a year, it is actually six months because you can talks to clubs and look to sign a pre-contract abroad from January. If you want to keep a player you have got to get it done at that two-year stage.
“This is a World Cup winning goalkeeper. This is still a top class player that we are talking about.”
Lloris missed a sizeable amount of games last season with a dislocated elbow but regained his number one spot from Paul Gazzaniga when he returned to full fitness.
75-time England international Joe Hart will be provide the World Cup winner with competition this year after he penned a two-year deal in North London.