Spurs offer veteran new contract - could end up oldest player in PL history

Friedel Spurs

Tottenham's vastly experienced goalkeeper has been offered extended terms at White Hart Lane, and is very much likely to accept.

The Premier League's released players list normally throws up one or two shocks.

More often than not it is someone's departure that takes up the column inches, however Tottenham have sprung a surprise by their decision to offer a contract to someone that looked likely to leave.

Forty-three-year-old goalkeeper (yes, 43!) Brad Friedel has been offered an extension by the Spurs hierarchy, presumably to continue his role as backup to Hugo Lloris.

No one can accuse former USA international goalkeeper Friedel of walking away from the game too early. Having quit the US side 9 years ago with 82 international caps, the veteran is certainly benefitting from an extended club career, having made the switch to White Hart Lane from Aston Villa at the tender age of 40.

That move came after the American had already notched up a record for most consecutive appearances in the Premier League, as well as taking the title of oldest player ever to play in the competition for Villa.

His time at Tottenham has been productive as well, inevitably taking the title of oldest player to ever play for the Londoners as well as oldest ever Europa League player. His appearances this season also indicated that he is more than deserving of his place in the squad of a Premier League team.

In fact, if Friedel plays for Spurs in November or later he will be the oldest player to have EVER played in the Premier League. Currently, Manchester City's John Burridge holds that record, being 43 years and 162 days old when he played QPR in 1995. Friedel turned 43 earlier this month.

With rumours gathering over Hugo Lloris' future, it may be a case that the Blackburn Rovers legend may well end up on the field a little more than he'd have expected, after featuring just 6 times this season.

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