Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino admits there are no guarantees in keeping his squad together amid speculation linking Hugo Lloris with a move to Manchester United.
Lloris, 28 has been identified as a possible replacement for David de Gea at Old Trafford, who is expected to be chased by Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.
While the Tottenham goalkeeper signed a new five-year deal at White Hart Lane in 2014, the temptation of Champions League football could prove difficult resist.
Lloris is likely to have the desire to play in Europe's premier competition again and with Spurs looking increasingly unlikely to finish in the top four of the Premier League, the club could face the difficult prospect of convincing him to stay.
Speaking to the press on 1 May ahead of the game against Manchester City, Pochettino was dismissive of United's reported interest but did admit no club can make promises when it comes to holding on to their prized assets.
"In football it is difficult," Pochettino said. "Also if you sign the contract you never have the guarantee. I have a contract or a lot of managers have a contract and there is never [a] guarantee. But in football you never know. But if it is true I want some player to stay with us."
When asked of United's interest in Lloris, he added: "I think it is a rumour. I do not have any comment. I do not want to speak about rumours, about Hugo or other players. We are focused and we try to finish the season as best as possible. That rumour is impossible to stop."
Lloris's contract extension is likely to leave Tottenham in a strong position in holding on to the player or commanding a sizeable fee for the Frenchman, should United make an offer.