Antonio Conte was unable to give any update in contract talks with Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris but claimed the Frenchman won’t ever be a problem for the club.
The Spurs goalkeeper has been back to his best this season, pulling out a number of eye-catching saves in the recent Carabao Cup victory over West Ham, but he is out of contract at the end of the campaign.
Lloris has been in north London since 2012 and has kept loan arrival Pierluigi Gollini on the bench for the majority of the season, though there remains some uncertainty over his long term future.
Asked if he was concerned by the contract impasse, Conte said: “Hugo is our captain, he is a player that played for Tottenham for many years and we are all happy to have him in our team, in the squad and in the dressing room.
“For sure he is a point of reference for the other players and Hugo knows very well what I think about him and what the club thinks about him.
“Now we’ll see but I think Hugo won’t be ever a problem for Tottenham.”
Lloris turns 35 on Boxing Day, when Tottenham face Crystal Palace looking to reduce the gap between themselves and the top four.
Spurs are currently six points behind fourth place Arsenal with three games in hand and are yet to lose a Premier League game under new manager Conte.
While Covid-19 outbreaks meant games against Rennes, Brighton and Leicester could not be played, Spurs have been in good form of late, drawing 2-2 with Liverpool before beating West Ham to set up a Carabao Cup semi final with Chelsea.