Tottenham are optimistic about tying down goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to a new contract in the near future.
Lloris is approaching his 35th birthday and his current deal runs out at the end of the season, and as a result, Spurs have been considering their long-term future in goal.
Pierluigi Gollini was signed on loan in the summer with a view to eventually replacing Lloris – something which looks less and less likely to happen with each passing outing – while new boss Antonio Conte has also been tipped to move for Everton’s Jordan Pickford in the summer.
There’s an obvious awareness that Lloris’ time at the top of the game is limited, but according to The Athletic, neither Spurs nor Lloris believe he should be dropping down a level just yet.
On-and-off talks have been held over the past few months to gauge both sides’ interest in an extension and it has become clear that both want the same thing, so negotiations are expected to intensify over the coming weeks.
No informal agreement has been reached, but Spurs are not expected to face too much difficulty in convincing the goalkeeper to sign on.
Lloris’ willingness to sign on is testament to the work done by new boss Antonio Conte. The Frenchman was open to a move away last summer and considered a switch to Roma, having grown concerned that Spurs had grown too reliant on both him and striker Harry Kane.
However, things have changed now and Lloris is happy to remain at Spurs on what will likely be another short-term deal, with Spurs well aware that the stopper brings no resale value at this point in his career.
As far as Lloris is concerned, he plans to play for his hometown of Nice before he hangs his gloves up, but he believes that he still has a good few years left in the tank and isn’t thinking of such a switch just yet.