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Antonio Conte is still hoping that Tottenham and Hugo Lloris will be able to reach an agreement on a new contract for the Frenchman.
Lloris, 35, has signed the last six months of his contract and is now able to discuss a free transfer at the end of the season with foreign clubs.
One of those he has been linked with is the boys’ club Nice, where Lloris came through the academy and then spent three years on the first team before moving to Lyon in 2008.
Lloris joined Spurs in 2012 and helped the club become a regular in the Champions League under Mauricio Pochettino, who guided them to the final of that competition in 2018-19.
The shot stopper was made the Tottenham captain in 2015, while wearing the armband for his country since 2012, leading Les Bleus to the 2018 World Cup.
But even though Lloris has been criticized in the past for being misguided, he seems to have improved in that regard in the last couple of seasons.
Between 2015-16 and the end of the 2018-19 Premier League season, Lloris’ 25 errors that led to shots amounted to 0.18 per 90 minutes – among goalkeepers who played at least 3,500 minutes in that time, it was only Asmir Begovic, who on average had several errors (0.2) each game.
Since then, he has only committed three, and none of them have been this season – in fact, his eight clean sheets in 2021-22 have been surpassed by only Ederson (11), Aaron Ramsdale and Alisson (both nine), though Lloris ‘five since Contes the first game in charge is not improved by anyone.
This season, only five goalkeepers (minimum 200 minutes played) can boast a better save percentage than Lloris (71.01 percent), and Conte is confident an agreement can be found to take him into an 11th year in the club.
After Spurs’ dramatic 1-0 win at Watford, Conte told reporters: “You can see the goalkeeper’s level in these circumstances when, for the whole match, [Lloris] did not make a save, but he continued to be focused on the team.
“For me it is very important. The goalkeeper must follow the game and not just stay on the goal line to make saves.
“Hugo showed [on Saturday] that he is at the top and he is always focused.
“For us, he is very important, and I am sure that he can find one in a short time [contract] solution with the club because he loves Tottenham and Tottenham love him. “
Lloris is already the goalkeeper with the most Premier League games for the Spurs (316), 76 more than Ian Walker.