Friedel has today announced his retirement from football, after four years with Tottenham.
He said: “I signed a two year contract, and the chairman was very up front with me. They were looking for a long term No1 goalkeeper, they wanted some consistency while they were looking. That was why they knocked on my door. They said: ‘We’ll give you a two year contract. The first year, provided your form stays good, you’ll be our goalkeeper.’”
Friedel signed for Spurs in 2011, and announced his retirement today after four years of impressive services, making 67 appearances for the North London club.
He may not have featured for the club this season, with Michel Vorm and Hugo Lloris ahead of him, but there was always the sense that he would be reliable if called upon, and he worked extensively in the coaching side of his game this term.
Despite being well into advancing age when he signed for Spurs, Friedel was still one of the best stoppers in the Premier League, and he had a wealth of experience to go with his talent.
It was a great signing for the club to make, and even when not playing he was helping the Lilywhites out, with his ambassadorial role in his homeland of America ensuring their media presence continues to grow in the USA.
Spurs were the lucky benefactors of Friedel’s signing, and for the foreseeable future, they should keep benefitting from his presence at the club - despite retiring as a player.