Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has told The Guardian that he didn't need to convince Hugo Lloris to stay at White Hart Lane.
French international goalkeeper Lloris, 28, has established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the world during his time at Spurs, having arrived from Lyon in 2012.
His performances for Spurs triggered interest though, with The Mirror reporting that Manchester United had been interested in Lloris' signature over the summer, in case David de Gea left the club for Real Madrid.
The Spaniard ended up staying at Old Trafford, and Lloris also remains at Spurs, with manager Pochettino telling the Daily Star that Lloris would be staying back in August.
Now, ahead of tonight's Europa League clash with Qarabag, Pochettino has again reiterated that Lloris won't be leaving Tottenham, and is an important figure at White Hart Lane.
Speaking to The Guardian, Pochettino claims that he didn't need to convince Lloris to stay, adding that Spurs are a big club and all his players are happy.
"I think the way he showed his commitment here is important for the team and I am happy with him," said Pochettino. "Hugo is a very important player for us – he is our captain and he is a personality."
"I don’t think I need to convince anybody [to stay here] because Tottenham is a big club, the players want to play here and they are all happy. I don’t know why you still say that Hugo wants to play [in the] Champions League because he is very happy, as I’ve told you before," he added.
A player of Lloris' quality does deserve to be playing in Europe's top club competition - the Champions League - but he has also shown his commitment to Spurs, and he may well believe that he can play in the Champions League whilst with Tottenham.
Pochettino has some work to do in order to get there, but keeping top quality players like Lloris is the best way to go about it - and the Frenchman remaining at White Hart Lane may well prove Pochettino's point that Spurs are a big club.