Brad Friedel has signed a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur. The north London club have confirmed the deal will see the 41 year old veteran stay at White Hart Lane till the summer of 2014. Friedel joined Spurs last season, after spells with Liverpool, Blackburn and Aston Villa. The American international has 82 caps for his country and holds a Premier League record of having made more than 300 consecutive starts.
The shot stopper was the unquestioned No 1 last season, seeing off competition from Brazilian Heurelho Gomes and former Chelsea goal keeper Carlo Cudicini. However, the arrival of French international Hugo Lloris this summer, from Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyon, has seen Friedel lose his first team position, despite manager Andre Villas-Boas' earlier comments.
Walker Warns Spurs of Villa Threat
Meanwhile, Tottenham defender Kyle Walker has cautioned the club against underestimating their Boxing Day opponents. AVB takes Spurs to Villa Park on Wednesday, to play an Aston Villa side who were hammered 8-0 by Chelsea over the weekend. And Walker, the winner of last season's PFA Young Player of the Year, believes Paul Lambert and his men will be eager to make up for the Stamford Bridge humiliation.
"A lot has changed since I was there, obviously the manager, and a lot of the players. But I did play with a lot of the youngsters there like Weimann, Clark, Albrighton and Lowton. They are young, energetic and hungry to win games. They've proved they can dig in at Villa Park," the 22 year old explained to the club's Web site.
"I watched the game against Manchester United (Villa led 2-0 before going down 3-2) and the result just didn't go their way. It will be difficult but we need to play the way we've been playing and I'm sure we'll get the right result," Walker added.
The Sheffield United youth product spent the second half of the 2010/11 season on loan with the Villans, for whom he scored twice in 18 appearances in all competitions.