Mauricio Pochettino puts faith in Hugo Lloris as Tottenham captain | Football

Im happy with the way we took that decision and Im happy now with the decision about Hugo.

We worked in pre-season on a lot of things, not only saves, and the feeling that the players have [together] is important. It would have been the same decision. He is keen, one day, to play in the Champions League with Tottenham. Its a very good mix. Its not a big problem.

Hugo is the captain, and Jan Vertonghen and Harry Kane are the vice-captains, Pochettino said. He injured his wrist in a holiday accident by a swimming pool at the end of June but he appeared to have demonstrated his fitness when he made his comeback in the pre-season friendly against Milan in Munich on 5 August. There were so many aspects of the game that the team had been practising.

Lloriss future has been under scrutiny since he indicated that, in the continued absence of Champions League football at Tottenham, he would be receptive to a move to a club that could offer him opportunity at the elite level in Europe.

Lloris came through his first full 90 minutes of the summer in Mondays under-21 win over Everton.

Lloris is in line to return to the starting lineup at home to Stoke City on Saturday, having sat out the season opener against United at Old Trafford. The manager toed the club line when he added that the 28-year-olds dream was to play Champions League football at White Hart Lane.

United have Lloris as one of their contingencies in the event they lose David de Gea to Real Madrid but Pochettino has made it clear he is planning for the long-term with his player.

Mauricio Pochettino has appointed Hugo Lloris as his captain at Tottenham Hotspur and the manager is happy rather than worried about the interest Manchester United have shown in the goalkeeper.. The competitive games are different to friendlies.

Hugos commitment with the club is high. But Hugo is happy here and he has a contract here. It is about all of him. And, for me, Hugo wasnt fit to play 90 minutes against Manchester United. His hand was OK. Hugo deserves to be the captain and, after, we have Jan and Harry. You dont need to convince him to stay because he has a four-year contract. It wasnt about the injury. The manager explained it was because the player was not ready to play for 90 minutes in a competitive game and that, essentially, a goalkeepers match fitness had to be judged in the same way as that of an outfield player.

Hugo was not ready, Pochettino said. A player, though, is not only about one or two hands, and one or two legs. Lloris was one of the vice-captains together with Emmanuel Adebayor, who is training with the development squad and available for transfer.

It was a surprise to see him as an unused substitute at Old Trafford but Pochettino rejected the suggestion he omitted Lloris on psychological grounds because of the link to United. He hadnt trained with the team [enough]. If the game last weekend was Stoke City, he wouldnt have played. He came on as a 55th-minute substitute and he made a save with two strong hands from Rodrigo Elys vicious drive.

Pochettino said that as Lloris is under contract at Tottenham until 2019, there is no issue regarding him leaving. For different things, I decided to give the armband to Youns last season. Its a good reference for the group. Pochettino named Youns Kaboul as his captain in the early weeks of last season but the defender fell from favour and he has been sold this summer to Sunderland. We need to be happy because if Manchester United want him, its because hes a great goalkeeper

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