Earlier this summer, some reports had suggested that Spurs would be looking to clear out both of their senior reserve goalkeepers – Heurelho Gomes and Brad Friedel – ahead of the new campaign. In the case of the Brazilian Gomes a deal would make sense but selling both would leave the club needing back up for Hugo Lloris and the suggestion had always seemed unlikely.
At 42, Brad may have wanted an extra year or two of regular playing time and claims of a move to former club Blackburn had arisen but the player himself has indicated that he is happy where he is, even if he is no longer the first choice at the Lane.
“I’ll see if I can walk down the stairs in January,” Friedel told goal.com. “I’m going to play until my body says I can’t do it anymore or the club doesn’t want me.
“At 42 years of age, the team comes first. Me and Hugo have a very good relationship… He’s a really nice guy and a really good goalkeeper.”
However, at the same time, the American international did look ahead to a time where he may be continuing his playing career elsewhere.
“I did have a few calls last January but none of them were printed,” he added.
“Would I consider a job in MLS? Absolutely. I think if it’s with the right people and the right owners and the right club, absolutely.”
So the full interview, which you can read here, does offer a few conflicting comments about the player’s future.
As for a solution, is it illogical from the club’s point of view to sell the player if there is no cover in the ranks? If Brad wants to move on should we respect his wishes at this stage of his career?