Levy responds to demands of key man, Tottenham ace could earn £160,000-a-week - report
By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is refusing to bow to the contract demands of Hugo Lloris, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that the Spurs captain will have to remain within the club’s tight wage structure if he is to sign another contract with the club.
Lloris’ current deal is worth £80,000-a-week and runs until 2019.
The report says that the France goalkeeper is keen to join the long list of senior players who have recently committed their long-term futures to the club, but Levy will not sanction an agreement worth more than £100,000-a-week.
It is said that Lloris, 29, could double his current wages and earn £160,000-a-week by leaving White Hart Lane.
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The Frenchman has been a crucial figure at Spurs since arriving from Lyon in 2012 and Spurs team-mate Jan Vertonghen recently urged the club to extend his contract.
The Telegraph claim that Lloris, who is rated one of the best goalkeepers in the world, is happy at Spurs and is not looking to leave, but there seems little prospect of agreeing a new contract in the near future.
Lloris has explained that he is more concerned with the immediate future and insists there is “no rush” to agree a new deal.
“I am just thinking about the near future, the next game,” Lloris said, as quoted by the Evening Standard. I feel very happy to be a Tottenham player today, to be the skipper. There is no rush to think about that.”
Lloris has made 181 appearances for Spurs in all competitions and kept an impressive 63 clean sheets.
Spurs currently boast the best defensive record in the Premier League this season, conceding just six goals from their opening 11 games.
Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker have also all signed new deals over recent months,
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are interested in a 20-year-old international who is also being pursued by European giants.