Jan Vertonghen explains the importance of Tottenham keeping hold of Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris

Vertonghen thinks keeping hold of Hugo Lloris will be crucial to competing with the best sides in the Premier League next season.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has been talking about the qualities that goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has, as there is likely to be speculation surrounding the future of the French goalkeeper this summer.

Lloris signed a long-term contract last summer, but with Spurs finishing fifth - outside the Champions League places - there have been suggestions that sides in next season's competition will try and lure him away from White Hart Lane.

But Vertonghen has told Sky Sports that keeping hold of Lloris - who has captained the side for much of the season - is vital if his team are to compete towards the top end of the league next season. 

He said: "He's a great guy, great captain, great goalkeeper and a brilliant player for us. He's the captain, very important and this season he was one of our best players.

"He's been outstanding for us and if you want to continue growing as a club you have to keep your best players and Hugo is one of them. I hope Tottenham can keep him. It will be a sign for everyone next year that we want to compete in the Premier League."

Tottenham finished six points behind fourth-placed Manchester United in Mauricio Pochettino's debut season at the club, and managed to reach the League Cup final. Though the latter was ultimately a disappointment, reaching Wembley is certainly a positive.

There were, of course, a few hiccups during the league campaign which ultimately proved costly in their pursuit of Champions League football, and Spurs fans will hope these problems are eradicated during the Argentine's second season in charge. 

However, they know the challenges could be greater with the top four sides likely to spend more money in order to maintain their status in the league, while Liverpool are expected to provide stern competition as they look to return to the top four. 

Losing Lloris in these circumstances would be a blow, but if Spurs do manage to keep hold of the 28-year-old, it would mean there is faith the side can return to the top table of European football in the near future, and it could be a pull factor when it comes to landing certain transfer targets. 

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