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Pochettino hands Lloris Tottenham captaincy despite Manchester United talk

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has appointed goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as his new captain, unconcerned about interest from Manchester United.

Though the Frenchman has been vocal about his desire to play Champions League football and the Red Devils are still caught in uncertainty over David de Gea's possible move to Real Madrid, the Spurs boss is confident that his man will stay put.

Lloris often filled in as captain last term as a result of Younes Kaboul - now of Sunderland - falling out of favour and Pochettino believes that he will do a good job ahead of vice-captains Jan Vertonghen and Harry Kane.

He told the press: "Hugo deserves to be the captain and, after, we have Jan and Harry. It's a good reference for the group. It's a very good mix.

"For different things, I decided to give the armband to Younes last season. I'm happy with the way we took that decision and I'm happy now with the decision about Hugo.

"Hugo's commitment with the club is high. We need to be happy because, if Manchester United want him, it's because he's a great goalkeeper but Hugo is happy here and he has a contract here.

"He is keen, one day, to play in the Champions League with Tottenham. You don't need to convince him to stay because he has a four-year contract. It's not a big problem."