Tottenham: Club to reject Lloris demands; Janssen head injury; German youngster linked
In the early weeks of the season it seemed that a Tottenham player signed a new contract every few days, with Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier all penning fresh deals. With the stadium move around the corner, it is vital that Spurs tie down their key assets. Their local rivals Arsenal know all about the financial restraints and difficulties that a new home can bring, with the Gunners losing key players to rivals on a regular basis.
In Tottenham’s favour, though, is the latest windfall from TV revenue which should ease the costs a touch. Another player they will be keen to tie down is France No 1 Hugo Lloris, but according to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Daniel Levy will not break the club’s wage structure for any player:
“Hugo Lloris will have to remain inside Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy’s tight wage structure if he wants to sign another long-term contract with the club.
“France goalkeeper Lloris would be happy to join the long list of Spurs players who have committed their futures to the club, but Levy will not pay his stars over £100,000-a-week.”
Given that Lloris already earns £80,000 per week, this does not represent much of an increase on his current deal. Lloris is an integral part of Pochettino’s team however, and has been a shining light during a difficult run of results on the pitch. The former Lyon stopper was made outstanding saves in away draws against Bournemouth and Bayer Leverkusen to spare Tottenham defeat. Lloris is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, with his aggressive positioning and ability as a ‘sweeper-keeper’ a real asset for a Spurs side that likes to hold a high line. At 29, he still has many years left in him at the top level so losing him would be a real blow.
Elsewhere, summer singing Vincent Janssen was substituted in the first half of Holland’s friendly against Belgium after taking a knock to the head. The former AZ Alkmaar striker collided with Liverpool and Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, but played on for a further 14 minutes before being taken off looking groggy and disorientated. He also suffered 20 minutes of memory loss following the clash. The fact he was allowed to stay on the pitch sounds like poor practice on behalf of the Dutch medical staff. Doctors and physios tend to take no chances with head injuries nowadays, after very public campaigns about the dangers of concussion.
Finally, Schalke youngster Max Meyer has confirmed that Spurs were interested in his signature during the last transfer window. The 21-year-old has two years left to run on his deal at the Gelsenkirchen club, and has admitted that if he were to leave the Bundesliga the Premier League would be his prepared destination. Pochettino and Spurs have focused quite heavily on recruiting promising youngsters in recent years, and the former Southampton coach has an excellent track record in youth development.
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