Tottenham’s Christmases have all come at once with the news that Hugo Lloris has committed to the club until 2022.
The club have had a nervy wait to see whether the skipper would put pen to paper on a new contract, but he has now signed a six-year deal to end speculation he could leave in the summer.
The goalkeeper came close to winning last season’s Golden Glove, finishing only behind Petr Cech and David de Gea, and he has once again been crucial to their Premier League charge.
Even if Spurs have been a little underwhelming this term, the fact remains that they have conceded less goals than at the same point in the last campaign, so Lloris deserves a lot of credit.
Speaking to the club’s official website just moments after his new deal was announced, the Frenchman said:
“That’s the way I show my commitment to the Club, to my team-mates and the gaffer and to show again how much I believe in this project and hopefully the best years are ahead.
“Step by step we are building a strong team, a strong spine and then we are making a competitive team for the future.
“It’s an interesting time with the new stadium so everyone at the Club is excited and hopefully we’ll continue our run in the league and try to reach the top four to get back into the Champions League next season.
“There is no secret. In football, you cannot reach your level only with your talent, you need to work hard and the gaffer’s project is great for me, I feel really comfortable with the way we work, the way we train and the way we play.
“I feel that every day, every day I close the door in the training ground I can feel this atmosphere and that’s very important for this Club, the way we want to play, the way we want to work, the atmosphere is very important in the team and that’s thanks to the gaffer and his staff who brought this feeling and without that, you cannot reach great things.
“Step by step we will arrive where we want to be, where we want to go and we just need to be passionate, to work hard and be ready to compete against the best teams.”
It seems a little unusual for a 29-year-old to be rewarded with such a long contract, but it could well mean that the stopper finishes his career at White Hart Lane.