Friedel ‘happy’ at Tottenham

Veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel says he is ‘very happy’ at

Tottenham following reports he is wanted back at former club

Blackburn Rovers.

Friedel spent almost eight years at Ewood Park earlier in his

career and the Championship club are rumoured to be keen to offer

the 41-year-old a player/coach role.

Andre Villas-Boas wants to retain the American at White Hart

Lane and Friedel insists he is in no hurry to leave the Premier

League club.

“I cannot answer questions (about a potential January move),”

Friedel said. “It’s all hypothetical. Right now I am a Tottenham

player and I am very happy here.

“I have no idea (about Blackburn’s interest). When I was

apparently contemplating doing a medical I was at home having

Thanksgiving dinner with my family.

“What happens between club and club a lot of times players don’t

know. At the end of the day I am contracted to Tottenham and am

concentrating on Tottenham.”

Summer signing Hugo Lloris appears to have usurped Friedel as

Spurs’ No.1 in recent weeks, but the former Liverpool keeper is

happy to have competition for a starting spot.

He added: “There is no rivalry with Hugo, but do I thrive on

competition? Absolutely. I wouldn’t be playing at the age of 41 if

I didn’t.

“At every club I have been at for the last 21 seasons there has

been competition for places.

“When I signed it was a two-year contract. I figured I would

play last year. This year was unknown. They have been on the

look-out for a long-term number one goalkeeper for a couple of


“This club wants to be in the Champions League. They want to be

there every single year and they want to be trying to win trophies

all the time so they continuously have to buy good players in every


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