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Pochettino delivers verdict after Tottenham agree deal

By Will Butcher

Mauricio Pochettino has described Hugo Lloris’ contract extension at Tottenham as a “massive step forward”.

The 29-year-old put pen to paper this week on a new deal that will keep him at White Hart Lane until 2022, becoming the latest of a string of Spurs players to sign on the dotted line such as Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen.

Pochettino told the London Evening Standard that his French stopper was one of the best goalkeepers in the world, as he committed his long-term future to the north London side.

“He’s our captain, our leader,” Pochettino said. “It shows the belief in the project. That is a massive step forward for the club.

“He’s one of the best ‘keeper’s in the world and always there’s temptation of another club, but nothing changed. He wanted to show his commitment.”

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Being nominated as one of the 30 contenders for FIFA’s Ballon d’Or award, Lloris has enjoyed a magnificent spell for both club and country in recent times.

Lloris has been one of Spurs’ stand-out performers this season in between the sticks at White Hart Lane, as he dons the armband for Pochettino’s side.

Keeping eight clean sheets in 21 league and cup games for his side this season, Lloris has almost single handedly saved points himself with a number of spectacular saves.

The France international will start against Southampton on December 28, as Pochettino looks to orchestrate Spurs’ 10th Premier League win of the season.

A win for Lloris and the rest of Tottenham’s stars could see them leapfrog local rivals Arsenal into fourth place, if the Arsenal fail to beat West Brom at the Emirates.

In other Tottenham news, this midfielder has been ruled out of Wednesday’s clash against the Saints.