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Hugo Lloris will stay at Tottenham claims Mauricio Pochettino

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Hugo Lloris will not be leaving Tottenham in the upcoming transfer window according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The French international is said to be keen on leaving White Hart Lane in the summer in search of Champions League football. He joined Spurs from Lyon in 2013 but is yet to feature in European football's top club competition for the north London club and is now reportedly hoping to spend his prime years playing for one of the continent's top sides.

Manchester United have been suggested as a potential destination for 28-year-old if David de Gea leaves. The Spaniard, who only has a year left on his current contract, has so far refused to sign a new contract with the Red Devils worth a reported £200,000-per-week amidst reported interest from Real Madrid.

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Boss Louis van Gaal reportedly views Lloris as the perfect replacement if De Gea opts to leave Old Trafford, but Pochettino insists he'll stay put at White Hart Lane regardless of what happens in the north-west.

The Spurs boss told reporters: "There have been a lot of rumours, but Hugo wants to stay with us and we are happy with him too. He is happy and everything else is just rumour."

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Manchester United snapped up former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes on a free transfer in the January transfer window, however if Van Gaal's reported interest in Lloris is true then the Spaniard faces an uncertain future. Arsenal have also been linked with the Frenchman.

Negotiations

The Red Devils will be wary of entering negotiations with Tottenham having locked horns with chairman Daniel Levy in the past. Sir Alex Ferguson was left furious after he strung out a deal for Dimitiar Berbatov, while moves for Luka Modric and Gareth Bale were unsuccessful.

According to ESPN, Manchester United will only try and do a deal for Lloris, who penned a five year deal last year, as a last resort because of his price tag, and remain convinced they can keep hold of De Gea.

"I believe still that David de Gea shall stay," he told reporters last month.

Opinion

There is no doubt that Lloris would be the perfect replacement for De Gea, he's just as good of a shot-stopper with even better ability when the ball is at his feet. However a deal is unlikely, even if Lloris wants it to happen.

The length of his contract and the fact that Levy would demand a top price will likely scare off Manchester United, who may be forced to rely on Valdes for the short-term at least.

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