Tottenham star Hugo Lloris has been urged to reject a move to Manchester United by former France manager Raymond Domenech.
The Red Devils have been tipped to launch a large transfer bid for Lloris if and when David de Gea seals his proposed move to Real Madrid.
Lloris has done little to dismiss rumours of a potential move to Old Trafford, once again stating his desire to play for a club in the Champions League.
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But despite Manchester United’s likely participation in Europe’s top tier competition next season, Domenech has labeled a potential move to Manchester United as a sideways step and, therefore, something to avoid.
"For me, it's Chelsea, Arsenal, or Manchester City. Because I think Manchester United is no more a big club, in England, for me"
What will infuriate Red Devils fans even more is the controversial coach has labelled their Premier League rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City as more attractive propositions for the Tottenham star.
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"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," he is quoted as saying by Goal.
"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.
"For me, he's a great goalkeeper so he needs to be in the best English club, or French, or Italian, or German."
Domenech is unlikely to have given Lloris much food for thought as the France international would likely jump at the chance to become the new first-choice goalkeeper at one of the most widely-supported clubs in the world.
However, Manchester United will likely have to break the world-record transfer for a goalkeeper to sign him with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy believed to want £40m for him.