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Blackburn keeper Friedel has MLS ambition

Blackburn's American goalkeeper Brad Friedel says he wants to end his career in England rather than return home to play in Major League Soccer.

The 36-year-old signed a new contract in February which will keep at the club until the summer of 2010 but he hopes he will be able to continue beyond that.

Friedel has an advantage in that his position affords him greater longevity than most outfield players but he admits he has still had to keep himself fit - which includes doing yoga - in order to be able to continue at the highest level.

"I have started to take care of myself as much as possible. I just try to be as good a professional as I can," he said.

"I just re-signed a contract to take me on for two more years and I'm very confident my body will be able to do that.

"After then we will just take it year by year. I will be 39 at the end of my contract and if I feel like I do now then I will want to carry on - if the club want me to - step by step at that stage.

"I will keep playing football until someone says they don't want me."

On the prospect of returning to the US to help boost the profile of MLS Friedel added: "Part of me a while ago would have said yes; now I will probably stay and play with Blackburn for the rest of my career.

"I have opened up a football academy in America so I'm not abandoning the United States. I'm fully committed to helping the development of soccer in the United States."

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