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Yorke hails ex-Blackburn pal Friedel over success at Aston Villa

Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke is delighted for Brad Friedel and his success at Aston Villa.

Yorke played with Friedel at Blackburn Rovers.

And the former Villa star told AVTV: "I got to know Brad very well over the years.

"We lived in the Manchester area and played for Blackburn and we have been to each other's houses on a few occasions. We get on really well.

"Some players mature with age and Brad is one those. He has matured into one of the finest goalkeepers in the Premier League - and has been for a number of years. He keeps himself extremely fit he lives his life very professionally. Brad is a family man and I think all that helps to improving your game and certainly he has done that.

"Some players get old and go away by the wayside and it doesn't surprise me how well he has done over the years. It's all within the individual - you know what it takes. He is 39 this year and he could sit back and pick up his money.

"But it's not all about money - you want success and you want to be the best. You have to have a certain kind of character within you to achieve that and Brad has got that desire.

"He still wants to be the best and he wants to play in every game."

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