Antonio Conte praised Hugo Lloris’ leadership qualities and insisted that Tottenham made the right decision by handing him a two-year contract extension.
Lloris has been at the peak of his powers over the last two to three years, having seemingly eliminated the occasional lapses in concentration he previously used to suffer from.
Some Spurs fans were thus understandably delighted when it was announced earlier this week that the Frenchman had committed his future to the club until 2024.
If the Tottenham captain fulfils the contract, he would have stayed at the North London club for 12 years, having joined from Lyon back in 2012 when he was just 25 years of age.
Lloris admitted in an interview with Spurs legend Ledley King this week that he has been enjoying his football a lot more over recent years as he is moving towards the end of his career (Spurs TV).
Conte has now stated that the 35-year-old has the trust of the squad and expressed his delight at the goalkeeper committing his future.
When asked about Lloris’ two-year extension, the Italian told Football.London: “It is important our captain has renewed his contract.
“Not only for one year but for two. It means that the club and the whole environment trusts him. He is a point of reference for the team and for the club.
“It was right to sign a contract for two years. He is an important goalkeeper in the world, he has won a lot with his national team, he is captain of France, captain of Tottenham. I think that it was right to renew his contract at the club, it was very good to do this.”
Lloris might have won big accolades with France but the experienced goalkeeper is yet to lift any silverware at Spurs.
When asked if that can change over the next two years, Conte responded: “Yeah, I think it is important for every club to win trophies and at the same time you have to understand if you are ready to win, because every club could say ‘yeah I want to win trophies’ but then you have to understand very well what is your point, where you are and then the path that you have to follow to try to be competitive and win.
“It is too simple to say that this team or another team want to win. One team wins and the others seek to win. I know this because if you win you write the history and if you don’t win, you played for a team that don’t write the history.”
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I was never particularly concerned regarding Lloris’ future despite the delay in the contract announcement. I was always confident that the Frenchman would commit his future to the club as he has proven his loyalty to Spurs over the years.
It would be a travesty if he ends his career at Tottenham without a single piece of silverware. Hopefully, Conte can be the man to change that and ensure that the goalkeeper walks away with at least one winner’s medal.
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