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Friedel insists on Spurs commitment

Brad Friedel insists he's happy at Tottenham.

Friedel has dismissed reports he was close to joining Blackburn Rovers last month and stressed he is enjoying competing for the Spurs No 1 jersey with Hugo Lloris.

He said: "Apparently when I was contemplating having a medical I was at home having Thanksgiving dinner with my family. What happens between club and club a lot of players don't know.

"I'm contracted to Tottenham and I'm concentrating on Tottenham. Whatever role they throw at me I'll do it to the best of my capabilities.

"There's no rivalry with Hugo. At every club, for 21 seasons, there's competition for places. As I said before when I signed the two-year contract I figured I would play last year, this year was an unknown.

"The club have been on the look-out for a long term goalkeeper for a couple of years. We also have two other outstanding goalkeepers at the club in Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini.

"So competition for places? Yes. But the club is going to be around a lot longer than any of us. They want to be in the Champions League and they want to try to win trophies so they continuously have to buy good players in every position.

"Do I thrive on competition? Absolutely. Or else I wouldn't be playing football, and definitely not at the age of 41."

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