Tottenham’s Brad Friedel discusses his retirement from football

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Brad Friedel is retiring this summer, but he will keep working for Tottenham.

Speaking to the official Spurs website, Friedel commented on his upcoming retirement, and confirmed he will stay with the club past the end of this season.

The ageing goalkeeper said: “I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve achieved in my career. I’ve had a tremendous time here and met a lot of great people along the way. This is a wonderful football club and I feel honoured to have been a part of it for four years.

“I’ve also signed on as a Club Ambassador for Spurs focusing on the USA. I’ve got a great relationship with the staff and Board, so I’ll certainly do my bit to help the club go further.”

Friedel is 43-years-old, and has not featured for Spurs this term, with Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm the two selected goalkeepers.

However, his role this season has been much more ambassadorial, and he has confirmed he will continue to see through this job after this summer.

Friedel is certainly a legend in this country, due to impressive spells with a number of clubs, and he is also well respected in his homeland of America, where he now works to increase Tottenham’s media pull.

Due to his age and lack of playing time it is no surprise that he has finally called time on his career, and it is impressive he has lasted this long at the top level of elite football.

He was ever-present in the league in his first season at White Hart Lane in 2011/12, having signed from Aston Villa, and he holds the record for the most consecutive starts in the Premier League - with 310.

He is Tottenham’s oldest ever player, and even when Lloris took his place as starting stopper, Friedel was ever reliable when called upon.

A true legend of football, it is great to see that he still has a role to work with the Lilywhites next season.

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