Raymond Domenech urges Hugo Lloris to stay at 'big club' Tottenham

Hugo Lloris

Former France boss Raymond Domenech says Hugo Lloris should stay at Tottenham.

Former France manager Raymond Domenech has told Tottenham star Hugo Lloris to reject a move to Manchester United, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Domenech, 63, has been out of work ever since leaving his position as France boss after their disastrous 2010 World Cup campaign, but seemingly keeps an eye on his former players.

One player in that 2010 World Cup squad was Tottenham star Hugo Lloris, who was playing for Lyon at the time. The goalkeeper featured in all three of France's group games at the tournament, but couldn't help Les Blues get out of Group A.

Now, Lloris has racked up 67 caps for France, becoming their undisputed first choice goalkeeper whilst starring for Tottenham on a regular basis in the Premier League.

Those displays have trigged speculation, with the Daily Mirror suggesting that Manchester United are lining up a summer swoop for the 28-year-old, should they lose David de Gea to Real Madrid.

However, his former manager Domenech says that signing for Manchester United would be a sideways move, and that Lloris should stay with 'big club' Tottenham.

"I have no decision to take for him, but in my opinion he has to play in Chelsea, Arsenal, or Manchester City, to play in the European Cup," said Domenech. "Tottenham is a big club – it is not the biggest. Manchester United qualified for the Champions League, but I can't see really the difference with Tottenham."

"For me, it's Chelsea, Arsenal, or Manchester City. Because I think Manchester United is no more a big club, in England, for me. I think like that. I think Arsenal will be every time a big club, Chelsea also – City is becoming a big club – but I think United is with Tottenham, with the other clubs. Not one of the biggest clubs, so there's no difference," he added.

Is Domenech right?

Manchester United may have slipped since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson's but a return to the Champions League under Louis van Gaal should help the Red Devils return to their former glories.

A title challenge is expected from van Gaal next season, whilst Tottenham are merely pushing for a place in the top four, signifying the difference between the two clubs at this point.

A move to Old Trafford would be something of a step up for Lloris, regardless of what Domenech believes - but a deal could be tough to agree given Tottenham's desire to keep him at White Hart Lane.

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