Friedel hails Lloris arrival

Spurs stopper believes goalkeeping competition is "healthy"

Brad Friedel: Has made 42 league appearances for Spurs since joining from Aston Villa in July 2011

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Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel insists he has no problem with the arrival of France captain Hugo Lloris at White Hart Lane.

American veteran Friedel was widely expected to be axed following Lloris' £8million move from Lyon on transfer deadline day.

But Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas publicly vowed to retain the reliable 41-year-old as his current No.1 following a fantastic performance against Norwich just hours after Lloris completed his move.

Friedel responded by producing another assured display as Spurs won 3-1 at Reading on Sunday in his 307th consecutive Premier League appearance.

And he believes that the competition for Spurs' goalkeeping jersey, with Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini also in Villas-Boas' squad, is positive for the White Hart Lane club.


"Hugo has come in and is a really nice person," said Friedel.

"He's a super goalkeeper but we have two other really good goalkeepers in Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini.

"We have friendly and healthy competition for places. Hopefully we will have long runs in all the cup competitions and there's going to be plenty of matches to share around."

Lloris could make his Tottenham bow in place of Friedel in Thursday's Europa League clash against Lazio.