Brad Friedel has told Aston Villa he is willing to leave in January if the club sign a new keeper after his contract talks were put on hold, reports the Daily Mirror. The 39 year old is one of Villa's big earners on over £40,000-a-week after joining from Blackburn in July 2008.
Friedel, who has made nearly 250 consecutive Premier League appearances, wants to see how his body holds up as he is 40 in May.
A source said: "Brad is a reasonable man who has had a great career.
"He knows he is 40 next year and the club need to get at least one new goalkeeper but he is not being forced out."