Blackburn still hoping Friedel will return even though keeper is willing to fight for Spurs place
22:51 GMT, 10 December 2012
Blackburn remain keen on signing Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel as a player-coach despite his determination to succeed at White Hart Lane.
The 41-year-old American goalkeeper faces a battle to be Spurs' first choice stopper with summer signing Hugo Lloris challenging him for the role.
Henning Berg would love to bring Friedel, who was benched for the Barclays Premier League clash with Everton on Sunday, to Ewood Park to help his side's promotion bid.
Target: Blackburn would love Brad Friedel to come back to Ewood Park
Andre Villas-Boas has moved to block the potential transfer and Friedel wants to keep playing at his current side, rather than returning to his former club.
He said: '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.
Desire: Henning Berg wants the keeper to help coach as well as play
'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.'
Asked if he might move in the January transfer window he said: 'That’s all hypothetical. I’m at Tottenham and I’m very happy here.'