Good news, everybody! After months of angsting and hand-wringing in the English media, our world-class French goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, has pledged his future to Tottenham Hotspur, agreeing on a new five year deal.
We are delighted to announce that Hugo Lloris has committed his future to the Club with the signing of a new five-year contract.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 10, 2014
This is particularly gratifying considering that Hugo has been linked away from the club almost as soon as he arrived. There have been numerous reports in the English media that have not only implied, but assumed that Hugo would bolt from the lovely weather of North London for warmer and more Champions League friendly climes. Spurs have been linked, for example, to a number of prominent goalkeepers (like Tim Krul) mostly out of a lazy assumption that when Hugo goes we'll need someone better between the sticks than the desiccated corpse of Brad Friedel.
Well, we probably do need a keeper but whoever comes in will have to be our Europa League and backup keeper or a young keeper content to wait in the wings for his chance, because it sure looks like Hugo is happy where he is.
Now the cynical part: remember the Gareth Bale saga? Signing a new contract doesn't at all mean that Hugo Lloris won't still be sold in the next year or so if Spurs fail to qualify for the Champions League. But much how like we signed Bale to a contract extension so that we could command a larger fee for him later, this deal implies that if Hugo really DOES want to leave at some point, we'll be able to get a much better price for him.
At minimum, though, this implies that our gorgeous Gallic goalie will be with us for at least one more season. And that, my friends, is reason to celebrate. GIF PARTY!