Assou-Ekotto backs AVB's stance

11 September 2012 07:47

Benoit Assou-Ekotto has backed Andre Villas-Boas' stance on the Tottenham goalkeeping debate.

Spurs' new £12million signing, Hugo Lloris, has admitted it was "not nice" to hear manager Villas-Boas declare Brad Friedel would remain his number one for the time being after the club's last match against Norwich.

France boss Didier Deschamps last week suggested Lloris was not happy with Villas-Boas' comments, but fellow Frenchman and new team-mate Assou-Ekotto told RMC: "It won't be easy for him because there is competition.

"Number one keeper in the French team or not, he will have to fight to get the position in the team.

"We currently have a keeper that doesn't make any mistakes, who is very well known in Great Britain.

"To start, I believe Lloris will be number two. If our keeper doesn't make any mistakes, there is no reason to change."

Lloris had said of the situation: "When I join up with the national team, I concentrate fully and we'll see about my personal situation when I go back.

"Obviously, it is not nice if the coach says he will pick someone else for the first team, but we can see what happens.

"For now, I have to put the situation to one side as France have important matches and I cannot worry about what might happen at my club."

Source: PA

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