Tottenham have announced that Hugo Lloris has put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the club, a deal which stands to keep him at the club until 2019.
The English giants revealed the news via their official Twitter account:
Since arriving at White Hart Lane in 2012, the French No. 1 has risen to become one of the north London outfit's most consistent figures, helping them maintain any hopes of breaking into the top four for the past two seasons.
Speaking to the club's official website, Lloris spoke of his joy at prolonging his Tottenham journey:
I spoke with the chairman and I know the club is as ambitious as ever. It’s very important to feel at home at a club and for my family to feel well. I enjoy a great relationship with the club and the fans. The arrival of Mauricio Pochettino is important as well. I have a good feeling with him. He is also ambitious.
Everything is clear in my head and if I’ve signed a new contract it’s because I trust the club and I’m sure we will progress in a positive way. Last season wasn’t the season we all hoped for but we were still able to finish sixth in the league. We know where we have to improve, the club also knows and there is a feeling and a confident connection between the club and the players.
The goalkeeper's show of faith and loyalty is admirable considering his profile as one of Europe's most highly rated players in his position.
The early assurance on his position provides Pochettino with a cushion heading into the 2014-15 campaign and is perhaps a sign of things to come under the Argentinian, developing firm bonds with squad figures both old and new.
Lloris recently starred for his nation at the 2014 World Cup, but he was unable to prevent Les Bleus from suffering a 1-0 defeat to Germany in the competition's quarter-finals.
Die Mannschaft's Manuel Neuer has been looked upon as one of the tournament's most impressive stars, but prior to their meeting, Ben McAleer of WhoScored.com showed that Lloris wasn't far behind his German counterpart in the saving ranks:
One of the Premier League's most revered stoppers, Lloris will be 32 years of age by the time his new deal expires, ensuring that Tottenham should see his talents develop throughout his prime playing days.
Simon Peach of the Press Association sees the announcement as a terrific piece of business for Spurs, adding fuel to the old adage that contracts for key players are sometimes as good as new acquisitions:
Lloris spoke to the media earlier this week following France's World Cup exit, and even then it wasn't clear what his future held, per the London Evening Standard's Andy Hodgson:
Yes, I should be [at Spurs next season]. [But] I don’t want to speak about my situation now. I need a few days to recover and after that to relax, have a good rest and come back for next season. I think I will speak soon about that and we will deal with it.
In the report, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco were mentioned as parties interested in bringing Lloris back to his native Ligue 1, where he rose to prominence at Lyon.
However, such temptations would appear irrelevant upon the announcement of his extension, over the course of which he'll strive to see Spurs return to the Champions League and be an essential component in the club doing just that.
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