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Friedel Considering Retirement

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel has confirmed he’s considering calling it a day at the end of the season and moving into a coaching or media role.


Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel has confirmed he’s considering calling it a day at the end of the season, according to the Mirror.

Friedel has been one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Premier League over the past decade and enjoyed spells at Liverpool, Blackburn and Aston Villa before joining Tottenham in 2011.

The American stopper recently saw his record run of 310 consecutive games come to an end and has France captain Hugo Lloris pushing him for a starting place at Spurs.

Friedel, who will be 42 in May, confirmed he may retire at the end of the current campaign and consider his options – which include becoming a coach or moving into a media role within football.

When asked about the chances of retiring at the end of the season, Friedel is quoted by the Mirror as saying:

“I’m definitely looking at all the possibilities for next season,”

Friedel’s contract runs out at the end of the season and it would be a big ask for the then 42-year-old to stay at White Hart Lane and battle with Lloris for a starting place.

Lloris, a £12m buy from Lyon in the summer, has already expressed his dissatisfaction at being considered as No.2 at Spurs and boss Andre Villas-Boas may use this year as a transition period for the Frenchman before handing him the No.1 shirt next year – which would leave Friedel out in the cold.

Do you think Friedel should retire at the end of the season? Get involved in the comments section.

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  1. Richard

    October 24, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I think Lloris is the future and brad understands this. Let AVB slowly bring Lloris in this season and say a big thank you to brad for a good couple of years!

  2. Fria

    October 24, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Maybe people don’t know how good Lloris: there’s no valid footballing reason why he should be behind Friedel. Friedel makes, on average, 3 saves per game and concedes in every game – its so funny how so much noise gets made out about some basic serves he makes. Against Chelsea we needed him, he makes 3 saves and concedes 4 – on ther other hand Cech makes 8 saves and concedes 2…. Not good enough! Lloris time Mr AVB!

  3. Kvin

    October 24, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Brad as been exceptional for Tottenham following the uncertainty of Gomes. However time waits for no man and we neeto install Lloris between the sticks sooner rather than later to build a rappore with the back four. Chopping and changing will not help the transistion process. We will the have an excellent No.2 that will not hold a grudge whilst keeping the new No.1 on his toes. Win Win!

  4. shannon

    October 24, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Please, Brad, please consider staying for at least another season!

  5. nick bud

    October 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    not only should friedel go now so should AVB if he does not know the difference between a world class keeper “Lloris and a very consistent mr Average in Brad friedel. yet how many spurs fans would have Gallas in the team or pick jermain the headless chicken in front of adebayor AVB the jury’s definately out.

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