Search

Villas-Boas keen to keep hold of Blackburn target

07:01 06 December 2012

Tottenham

Tottenham's Brad Friedel. Photo credit: Neal Simpson/EMPICS

EMPICS Sport

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has made it clear that he wants to hang on to Brad Friedel for the rest of the season, having rebuffed an attempt by Blackburn to sign the goalkeeper as a player/coach after Hugo Lloris assumed the number one spot at Spurs.

The 41-year-old has had to sit out the last five games despite being first choice at the start of the season.

He is set to be given the nod for tonight’s final Europa League Group J game at home to Greek side Panathinaikos, with the north Londoners needing to avoid defeat to progress through to the knockout stages.

Villas-Boas hailed the American who made 287 apperances for Blackburn between 2000 and 2008.

“Brad has been excellent,” said the Portuguses, adding: “I spoke to him and he has been such an important player for us.

“Rotation has not been because of performances.

“Both goalkeepers’ performances have been excellent. It gives me the ability at any time to throw a different keeper into the game.

“I don’t know anything about [Blackburn’s bid]. We are trying to hold onto our best assets and Brad is certainly one of them.”

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Andros Townsend:

Andros Townsend says Tottenham must get used to playing twice a week if they want to realise their ambitions of becoming a force to be reckoned with in England and Europe.

11:59
Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina

David Ospina says Arsenal must stay focused on their own performances rather than straining to chase down second-placed Manchester City.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane is left dejected after the final whistle against Chelsea at Wembley

Watching Chelsea lift the Capital One Cup has increased Tottenham’s resolve to return to Wembley and lift the trophy themselves, says Harry Kane.

Yesterday, 20:15
Manager Mauricio Pochettino of Spurs  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is excited by future success despite losing to Chelsea at Wembley today.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

And it’s not the first time this has happened.

Sunderland have suspended Johnson pending the police investigation’s outcome.

A man and woman arrested on suspicion of kidnapping the teenager on Saturday have been further arrested.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder