Tottenham Hotspur F.C. manager Tim Sherwood has insisted the club are not looking to sell goalkeeper Hugo Lloris this summer.
The France international, 27, joined Spurs from French side Olympique Lyonnais in a deal worth up to €15 million in August 2012 and has gone on to establish himself as one of the best shot-stoppers in the English Premier League.
As part of the agreement between Lyon and Tottenham, Les Gones will receive 20 percent of Lloris’ future transfer profit.
A number of top European clubs, including the likes of Atlético Madrid and Monaco, are reportedly interested in signing Lloris, who is contracted to White Hart Lane until 30 June 2016, when the transfer window re-opens in the summer, and understandably so.
However, Sherwood — backed by the bookmakers at 7/4 to be the next Premier League manager to leave post — is adamant the North Londoners will not cash in on their prized asset unless the club are offered a ludicrous fee of £100 million.
“He is one of the best keepers around,” said Sherwood. “Of course, people are going to want him. But I’m also sure the club won’t be tempted to get rid of him.
“He is one of the top goalies and unless someone is going to spend £100million on him – and keepers do not get bought for that money – I don’t think he will leave.
“It was only that kind of figure that tempted the club to sell Gareth Bale – and he desperately wanted to leave and progress his career at Real Madrid. He hasn’t got to play a blinder for France at the World Cup because people already know what he can do. They know he is a fantastic goalie.
“Even if he was terrible for France, I don’t think it would make a difference as to how people view him. Everyone can recognise it.
“He has never said to me or anyone else at the club that he wants to leave. And he does not perform like he wants to leave. He gives everything all the time and that is why he is a favourite of the players and fans.”
Despite Sherwood’s ongoing assumption he will return as Spurs’ manager next term, speculation continues linking Louis van Gaal, the current boss of the Holland national team, with a move to the Premier League following this summer’s World Cup finals.
It has been suggested that Van Gaal, who was spotted watching a Dutch Eredivisie match with injured Manchester United striker Robin van Persie last week, could replace David Moyes — 33/1 to be the next EPL manager to leave post — or Tim Sherwood in the summer.
Which manager will be the first to leave their respective club, David Moyes or Tim Sherwood?
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