Wolfsburg have announced Maxence Lacroix has signed a new, four-year contract with the Bundesliga outfit after fending off reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur this summer.
Lacroix has penned new terms a year after arriving at the Volkswagen Arena from French second-tier side FC Sochaux-Montbeliard. The defender made an instant impression with Die Wolfe, and has now extended his commitment by a further 12-months.
The 21-year-old has been a fixture of Mark van Bommel’s plans this term with starting roles in all nine fixtures so far. He has also helped to keep four clean sheets in all competitions, including a goalless draw with Lille in their opening Champions League group stage fixture.
Lacroix has now made 45 appearances in total for Wolfsburg, but could have left Germany for Tottenham this summer. Sky Germany and Eurosport both reported Spurs’ interest in Die Wolfe’s €5m (£4m) arrival. With the latter also claiming Fabio Paratici made an enquiry.
RB Leipzig also explored signing the France U20 international, however Sport Buzzer noted they refused to pay €30m (£26m). After which, Wolfe Managing Director Jorg Schmadtke focused on extending Lacroix’s contract and has now locked up the youngster’s future.
What did Tottenham miss out on, as Lacroix signs new Wolfsburg contract?
Lacroix is building a reputation as one of the best young centre-backs in the Bundesliga at Wolfsburg, to catch Tottenham and RB Leipzig’s interest this summer. So, Paratici will be disappointed the Frenchman has elected to sign a new contract at the Volkswagen Arena.
The 6 ft 3 enforcer has long been a dream signing for Paratici, as Sky Germany note he also wanted him at Juventus. Potentially adding blistering pace to the Bianconeri backline, after clocking a speed of 22.2 MPH last season. The fourth-fastest recorded in the Bundesliga.
But Lacroix is not just pace, as the powerful Tottenham target was Wolfsburg’s rock last season, as well. While leaving a big impression on Wolfe Sporting Director, Marcel Schafer.
“He’s got everything you need to establish yourself in the Bundesliga,” Schafer said, via Bundesliga.com. While teammate Koen Casteels noted: “He arrived here from France, and I was amazed at how well he adapted to the level here. He’s a very talented boy.”