Lloris 'did not appreciate' Villas-Boas comments, says Deschamps

The Tottenham head coach had indicated that Brad Friedel would continue to be No.1 at White Hart Lane despite the arrival of the France international on transfer deadline day
France coach Didier Deschamps has expressed his concern over Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas' comments regarding newly acquired goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

In the new Spurs recruit's home nation, the unofficial but commonly accepted rule is that a player must start for his club team in order to play for the national side, but the Portuguese had indicated after their weekend draw with Norwich City that Brad Friedel would not necessarily be immediately supplanted by the incoming shot-stopper.

And Deschamps, the former Lyon man's national team boss, was clearly alarmed at Villas-Boas' words, though he tried not to give too much away.

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"Lloris did not appreciate Villas-Boas' statements," he was reported as saying by Telefoot.

"I saw what Villas-Boas said. If I comment on this, it is going to echo on the other side of the Channel, but it surprised me.

"I'm not going to create a problem that I'm not part of, but if it happens [that Lloris is No.2] then it will be worth talking about.

"You all know the value of Hugo. I do not know what will happen but I hope everything goes well for him."

Deschamps also discussed his team's upcoming World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign, which starts against Finland in Helsinki on Friday.

"Our objective is clear, to qualify for the World Cup and it starts with the first match," he continued.

"We will first think of the first game. The goal is to start well and ideally win in Finland."

Les Bleus have also been drawn against Georgia, Belarus, and reigning champions Spain in Group I.