It isn’t just Ledley King hoping for a contract extension at the end of the season as reserve keeper Carlo Cudicini has stated his desire to carry on playing at the Lane.

Carlo only signed a new one year deal this summer and perhaps rather surprisingly, he leapt ahead of Heurelho Gomes to become installed as first choice back up to Brad Friedel.

“My contract is running out at the end of the season. At 38, year by year, you try to deserve a new contract so that’s what I’m trying to do,” said Cudicini.

“I still have the motivation to try to get into the first team. If you don’t have that at 38 it’s better for you to play golf every day instead. You need to have that motivation.

“I am happy here. Of course everyone would like to play more games but I can be happy, I have everything.”

As far as Ledley King is concerned, it’s thought that his early season performances will earn him a new deal irrespective of whether he plays the required number of games but with Carlo, it’s less clear cut.

It’s been suggested that Spurs bring in a younger keeper to groom as our new number one when Friedel retires and names such as Scott Loach are regularly suggested. Carlo however has been an able deputy and if Brad plays on beyond his current two year deal, is there any reason to change anything?



    • Henessy impresses me everytime i have seen him. So has Vorm and the Newcastle gk Krul.
      Gomes should go and we will need a top gk.

  1. We should get a young keeper like Yann Sommer from FC Basel who can be groomed by the veterans currently on the roster. I don’t think we want to follow the example of ManU where they bring in an expensive young keeper who (understandably) struggled quite a bit during his first few games with a new team and in a new environment. Better to start this process now because as much as I like Friedel, he’s clearly not a long-term solutions.

  2. No need to buy in January. Friedel will be No. 1 for the rest of this season and next, so buy an understudy for Brad at the end of this season so that he is ready for the start of 2013/2014. Cudicini is a more than capable backup keeper for the rest of the current campaign.

  3. vorm has been an impressive one to watch but the stand out keeper for me is Tim Krul. He is 23 and awesome. plus he is dutch so maybe VDV could do a little convincing??

  4. No we have 2 years to find and groom a keeper so no rush. Find one to replace Gomes but if no keeper leaves then it’s not essential in January.


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