Tottenham signal intent as Lloris signs on until 2022
Tottenham Hotspur's determination to keep their key players, and maintain their value, was underlined again yesterday when Hugo Lloris agreed an improved new contract until 2022.
The France goalkeeper was not out of contract until 2019 but has increased his salary from around £80,000-a-week to join top earner Harry Kane on more than £100,000. Lloris is now committed to Tottenham until his mid-thirties, by which time he will have spent a full decade at the club.
"I'm very pleased with this new contract," said Lloris. "That's the way I show my commitment to the club, to my team-mates, to the gaffer, and to show again how much I believe in this project.
"I'm really enjoying my time at Tottenham - it's a great feeling to be the captain, too. I think I can be proud of that. It's not easy as a foreigner to come to England and win the respect of your team-mates, of the fans and of the English people. I'm really pleased with that, but I'm still thinking that it's not enough. I want more. Hopefully, the best years are ahead."
Lloris, 29, has made 151 Premier League appearances since joining Tottenham from Lyon for an initial £7.8m in August 2012 when Andre Villas-Boas was the manager.
Kane also signed a new contract until 2022 earlier this month, while Dele Alli, Kyle Walker, Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen were among those to extend their deals this season. Tottenham are now seeking to agree a new contract with Toby Alderweireld long before a potential £25m release clause can be triggered.
Spurs denied a report from the Football Leaks website stating that there is a £25m release clause in Alderweireld's contract it is understands that the clause becomes active in the summer of 2019, though only if Tottenham take up a one-year option and extend his deal to 2020.
Alderweireld's contract also states that any transfer would have to be completed at least 14 days before the closure of that summer's transfer window. A new contract appears likely long before that date, with manager Mauricio Pochettino popular with his players and determined to keep the core of his squad intact over the long term.
Meanwhile, Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has decided not to appeal against his five-match ban after being found guilty of a Football Association misconduct charge.
The 24-year-aold denies using racially aggravated language towards an opponent, but after considering the independent regulatory commission's written reason for its decision earlier this week, has opted not to take the case any further.