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Both Spurs goalkeepers signed new contracts this summer, with one player praising the man ahead of him in the first team.

Brad Friedel joined Mauricio Pochettino in the press conference ahead of Tottenham's first pre-season friendly with Seattle Sounders on Saturday night, and made it clear that he is delighted goalkeeping rival Hugo Lloris has signed an extended deal with the North Londoners. 

When Lloris first signed at Spurs, he had to bide his time before he could overtake the record breaking former United States international, the oldest player to ever play for the club.

Such had the ex Blackburn man's form been, he kept the French captain and number one, and someone rated one of the top goalkeepers in the world, on the sidelines for a couple of months.

Despite this competitive history between the two, Friedel, who also signed a contract extension this summer which saw his role double up as an ambassador for Spurs in the US, had nothing but kind words to say about the 27-year-old, on both his ability and personality.

"I said this when I first signed at the club," said the veteran goalkeeper. "A club like Tottenham deserve a youngish, experienced goalkeeper that can be at the club 10-14 years, and hopefully they have one in Hugo. 

"You've seen what his exceptional talents are - he's one of the best goalkeepers in the world at coming off his line on through balls, exceptionally quick in that regard.

"Mauricio is going to have the luxury of seeing someone who has a couple of seasons experience in the Premier League.

"I can't speak highly enough of the guy, he's a very good pro, very good guy, very nice to work with.

"You saw his performances in the World Cup, he was one of the better goalkeepers again.

"It was a very good signing for Tottenham to extend his contract."

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