Hugo Lloris has refused to rule out leaving Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window despite his "ease" at the club as understudy to Brad Friedel.

Lloris, who started for France in their 2-1 win over Italy on Wednesday night, has made six appearances for Spurs since his £8m deadline day transfer from Lyon.

But only one of those games has come in the Premier League as 41-year-old Friedel remains coach André Villas-Boas' preferred choice between the sticks.

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Out in the cold: Lloris remains understudy to Friedel

"I feel much at ease at the club, where I have been very, very well received by the players, the fans and people at the club," Lloris told L'Équipe.

"Now you have to ask all those questions (over the No.1 spot) to the coach.

"As I already said, I feel much at ease at the club. Then again, everything is possible."

Lloris' lack of game-time in England is a prominent topic of discussion across the channel during international get-togethers.

World Cup and European Championship winner Fabien Barthez expressed his bafflement at Lloris being kept out of the Spurs side, which prompted an angry response from Friedel on Twitter.


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Just saw barthez comments. I normally don't comment on such crap but when disrespected by someone I don't respect I must.


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Barthez was ignorant, disrespectful and out of order to mention my name.

France coach Didier Deschamps, who has previously expressed his dissatisfaction with Lloris' role at Spurs, was again not reticent when questioned about his captain's time on the substitutes' bench.

Lloris was widely lauded after an outstanding display in France's 1-1 draw with Spain in a World Cup qualifier last month and Les Bleus' coach suggested his club demotion was unwarranted.

"He doesn't play enough at his club and it doesn't sit very well with him. His situation is difficult, burdensome, not ideal," the 1998 World Cup-winning captain said in The Daily Telegraph.

"Returning to the bench after the performance he made with us in Spain is not easy. He cannot be satisfied playing only one game out of two or three."

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Lloris started in France's win in Italy on Wednesday night

Deschamps is fast becoming a nuisance for English managers after he criticised Arsène Wenger for saying it was a mistake to select the injury-prone Abou Diaby for last month's international fixtures. The former Juventus coach said "There is only one to decide and it’s me."

Villas-Boas too has displayed weariness over Lloris' state of mind, contesting one journalist's assertion Lloris was experiencing "frustration" at White Hart Lane.