New Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris remained quiet over questions about Andre Villas-Boas while away with the French national team.
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After Brad Friedel's impressive showing against Norwich last weekend, Villas-Boas had said of his new goalkeeper: "It's not written in the contract that you have to play."
France coach Didier Deschamps said Lloris "did not appreciate" Villas-Boas' remark but, asked to comment ahead of the team's first World Cup qualifier in Finland, the 25-year-old declined.
"Regarding my personal situation, it is neither the time nor the place to discuss this," he said. "I think I'm professional enough to make sense of things. I am only and entirely focused on France. I have played enough matches in the past to be able to manage this."
Meanwhile, Lyon goalkeeping coach Joel Bats is convinced Lloris will succeed at White Hart Lane.
"He is one of the best three goalkeepers in the world," he told L'Equipe. "Hugo could play against any player in any league. Now, if he can help Tottenham to the next level, it could be a springboard towards a bigger club."