Villa wants veteran GK Friedel to sign new deal

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier hopes to persuade veteran

American goalkeeper Brad Friedel to stay at the club beyond the end

of the season when his contract ends.

The 39-year-old Friedel joined Villa from Blackburn in 2008 and

has been a consistent performer for the Premier League club.

Asked about a new contract for Friedel, Houllier says it is a

case of ”definitely yes.”

Houllier added that ”at the moment, he’s doing a good job, a

very good job.”

Friedel, who made 82 appearances for the United States, played

for the Columbus Crew, Galatasaray and Brondby before moving to

England in 1997, when he joined Liverpool.

He spent three seasons at Anfield, before moving to Blackburn,

where he played 287 matches.