Pochettino pushes Tottenham to sign up 29-year-old - report
By Tony Hughes
Mauricio Pochettino is pushing Tottenham chiefs to tie Hugo Lloris down to a new contract, according to a report.
The Sunday Mirror claim that the Spurs manager is a huge admirer of the France international and regards him as an integral member of the team.
It is said that Pochettino has made it clear to the Tottenham board, led by chairman Daniel Levy, how important the goalkeeper is to the team’s chances of winning silverware and “is pushing the club hierarchy to persuade him to stay”.
The manager’s desire for Lloris, 29, to sign a deal comes after the club this week tied Harry Kane and Jan Vertonghen to new contracts.
In total, 10 senior Tottenham players have committed to long-term agreements in recent months, with the likes of Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Kyle Walker also putting pen to paper.
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Lloris opened talks with the north London club before the summer about extending his contract, which is due to run until the summer of 2019.
But the two parties could not thrash out an agreement and negotiations were put on hold while France captain Lloris competed in Euro 2016, where he led the host nation to a runners-up spot.
It is reported that Spurs’ lack of silverware could feature in future talks, with there being disappointment from Lloris that they collapsed in the title race last season to finish third and then were dumped out of the Champions League this season at the group stage.
The Frenchman was one of the few Spurs players to give a good account of himself in Europe’s elite competition as the team struggled in a group that included Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow.
In other Tottenham news, this Spurs summer signing was third choice after two other deals fell through.