Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel has revealed that he feels as fresh and young as ever, insisting that ‘age is just a number’.
The 41-year-old American goalkeeper moved to England in 1997 and played at Liverpool, Blackburn, and Aston Villa before joining Spurs two years ago.
And despite being just two months short of his 42 birthday, and with summer signing Hugo Lloris displacing him from the number one berth at White Hart Lane, Friedel still has no plans to retire just yet.nd
Indeed the American stopper has recently signed a new deal to keep him at the club until the age of 43.
"I feel as good as I ever have done," he said. "For me, age is just a number.
"I would never have signed a contract if I didn't think I could still perform.
"Obviously with every athlete in every sport there will come a time when you will have to stop. Until that time comes I'm going to continue to play.
"I would prefer to stop at the top, if possible. You know as a player when your legs go. I feel the same after matches and heavy workouts as I did when I was 24."
Friedel’s run at the elite level is something for which he counts himself very lucky, pointing towards his parent’s influence.
"I was 41 last May but I was built like my mum, Sue," Friedel said. "If you look at my dad and my mum, my dad Len has had a tough go of life when it comes to illness and injury but my mum has had nothing.
"I don't feel any different. When I go in for my medicals at the club, it is a very thin piece of paper.
"My mum is still a physical education teacher and has no signs of wanting to stop. She is 70 and teaches at an inner-city school from kindergarten - five or six - up to 14 year olds. She has to be quite fit - you wouldn't know she was 70, that's for certain.
"My dad has had everything. He has got Parkinson's. He has had a stroke.
"He has got a defibrillator fitted. A three-pronged pace-maker fitted. He has just had a rough go of things from the age of 50.
"That has been tough over the years at times because we are a close family."
Despite Friedel revealing that his father is fit and healthy at the minute, he would be unable to travel to Amsterdam should Tottenham reach the Europa League final, a realistic prospect for the north London club.
“Would the Europa League be a fantastic way to cement my career? Any trophy would be fantastic," Friedel said. "It's a great feeling to win a trophy and there are not many players at this stage of the season who still have a chance of doing it so it would be great to win it.
"But we can't really look to that because it's only the round of 16 so far."
Since Lloris has asserted himself as the first-choice goalkeeper in the Premier League, Friedel has found his opportunities in the cup competitions and will look to make sure Spurs secure a safe passage into the Europa League quarter-finals by progressing against Inter Milan on Thursday.
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