New Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel has been thoroughly impressed with the quality on show at Spurs' pre-season training.
The 40-year-old stopper already reckons his new teammates are the most talented group of players he has ever played with, and as a result he can't wait to get going with his new side in 2011/12.
"The squad that has been pulled together here is very, very talented, one of the most talented I've been a part of in football," Friedel confirmed.
"I felt after speaking to the chairman and the manager that this was the place I wanted to be."
After leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season to embark on one final challenge with Harry Redknapp's side, Friedel knows he is approaching the twilight of his distinguished career.
But with him currently on a record run of 275 consecutive Barclays Premier League matches, the former USA international is showing no signs of letting up as he bids to stake his claim for the Spurs no.1 spot.
"I liked the prospect of trying to help the team get back into the Champions League," he continued.
"I think the wealth of talent and the age of the players in the dressing room bodes well for Tottenham.
"Now it's all about getting everyone together and getting the results. It's a great group of lads, a great atmosphere and the camaraderie between the players seems to be very good."
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