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

Yesterday, 11:55
Monaco defender Ricardo Carvalho(left) challenges Olivier Giroud during the 2014 Emirates Cup

Arsenal return to action on English soil for the first time since their FA Cup triumph when they host the annual Emirates Cup later this month.

Thu, 20:54
Middlesex's James Franklin

Hapless Middlesex remain rooted to the foot of the table after a seven-wicket thrashing by Sussex Sharks – their sixth straight NatWest T20 Blast defeat.

Thu, 15:11
James Ward in action against Jiri Vesely at Wimbledon

Camden’s James Ward has reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time after overcoming the world No45 Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic in four sets at Wimbledon today.

Thu, 12:18
Middlesex's Ravi Patel (right) celebrates a wicket with one-day captain Eoin Morgan

Spinner Ravi Patel is eager to make up for lost time after returning from injury – and halt Middlesex’s horrific nose-dive in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our monthly newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder