Hugo Lloris set for talks with Andre Villas-Boas over Tottenham role
Tuesday 11 September 2012
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is planning to have showdown talks with manager Andre Villas-Boas despite only joining the club ten days ago.
The £8m signing from Lyon, who is currently on duty with the French international squad, is in action for his country tonight against Belarus.
The 25-year-old is disappointed that Villas-Boas has said the veteran Brad Friedel is his number one.
“Obviously it’s never nice but we’ll see when we return on Wednesday,” he said.
“When I join up with the national team I concentrate uniquely and we’ll see about my personal situation when I go back.”
After his excellent performance against Norwich nine days ago, Friedel will continue in goal against Reading this Sunday.
Villas-Boas has found an unlikely supporter of his decision in rival manager Arsene Wenger.
The Arsenal boss said: “Brad Friedel saved Villas-Boas and he owes him a form of recognition — but it doesn’t mean he won’t play Hugo.
“When they see Hugo in training, they’ll understand quite quickly they’ve got a hell of a player.
The 41-year-old Friedel was understandably happier with his manager’s recent announcement.
He said: “Right now I believe the shirt is mine to lose, I believe the manager came out and said that. If that’s the case then great.”
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