Didier Decshamps has expressed his concern over Tottenham Hotspur coach Andre Villas-Boas' comments regarding France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
In France, the unofficial but commonly accepted rule is that a player must start for his club team in order to play for the national side, but the Spurs coach had admitted after their weekend draw with Norwich that Brad Friedel would not necessarily be replaced by the incoming shot-stopper.
And Deschamps, the former Olympique Lyonnais man's national team boss, was clearly alarmed at the words of the Portuguese trainer, though he tried not to give too much away.
"Lloris did not appreciate Villas-Boas' statements," he was reported as saying by Telefoot.
"I saw what Villas-Boas said. If I comment on this, it is going to echo on the other side of the Channel, but it surprised me.
"I'm not going to create a problem that I'm not part of, but if it happens [he is No.2] then it will be worth talking about.
"You all know the value of Hugo. I do not know what will happen but I hope everything goes well for him."
Deschamps also discussed his team's upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, which starts against Finland in Helsinki on Friday.
"Our objective is clear, to qualify for the World Cup and it starts with the first match," he continued.
"We will first think of the first game. The goal is to start well and ideally win in Finland."
Les Bleus have also been drawn against Georgia, Belarus, and reigning champion Spain in Group I.
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