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Friedel Convinced By The Ambition Of Villa

Friedel Convinced By The Ambition Of Villa

Brad Friedel has spoken of his agonising decision whether to leave Rovers.

The 37-year-old US international keeper agreed to a 3-year-deal at Villa moving from Blackburn Rovers where he had legend status amongst the Rovers supporters, as highlighted with our interview with the Vital Blackburn editor Walker: Blackburn Fans 'Gutted' At Brad Friedel Departure

Friedel told the official site he has a feeling that Villa are 'going places' which is why he chose to move but admits he agonised whether to leave Blackburn:

'Making this move was a very easy decision and a very difficult decision to make all at the same time. I'd been at Blackburn eight years and this was going to be my ninth season. The fans and everyone at the club have been terrific with me. In saying that I'm really excited to be here at Aston Villa. Being able to work with these players, with Martin O'Neill and with Mr Lerner is exciting for me. I've really got the feeling this club is going places and that's the main reason why I'm here.'

He also says Martin O'Neill was the main factor in deciding to move even though much has been made of the connection he has with the Cleveland Browns and the obvious US connections with Randy Lerner.

'But it was all down to Martin and the ambition of the club. Also Martin's relationship with is chairman, the tremendous players here and the other players they want to bring in to make the squad bigger, stronger and better.'

He also says despite the links to Manchester City it was only ever Aston Villa he was interested in moving to adding 'Aston Villa were ever so professional in the manner that they dealt with everything and I couldn't be happier. I'm very pleased to be here.'

He now has his sites set on helping Villa move from 6th to 4th or 5th.

The quote in bold about players Villa want to bring in. I wonder if he has been told some of the targets and convinced that we mean business by the players we want?!?

Friedel is also interviewed on AVTV, the subscription channel available on the official site.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday July 27 2008
Time: 11:12AM

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I like the quote about us being ever so professional in dealing with the transfer. A marked change to recent years and perhaps a lesson for certain "big 4" clubs to take on board, eh?
Jon.H
27/07/2008 11:26:00
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i love him already. surely he would be given the No.1 shirt. instead of 22 like carson =/ im having his name on my back :)
Gruck
27/07/2008 11:43:00
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Shows that MON is one of the best at sitting a player down and selling the vision of the club to them. He just needs to do it more often now.
Randy-Villain3293
27/07/2008 11:46:00
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Top draw signing.
lerneravfc
27/07/2008 11:56:00
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With the ITC games out the way, the only thing M'ON has got on his mind is bringing in the players, 3 weeks till the Man City game....so atleast a RB, LF, CB and Brad Guzan should be hopefully sooner rather than later. Wth Villa in UEFA proper now, it's definately another selling point which M'ON can use, and no better person to use it to!
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
27/07/2008 13:24:00
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Great signing for you. He's one the best goalkeepers in the Premier League imo. Top quality!
Fan of Blues
27/07/2008 16:08:00
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JCC....agreed but we desperately need a top quality MF too....Petrov, MGP, Bentley or Downing anyone? Even Elano, he's very good.
koolbill
27/07/2008 18:02:00
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I'm delighted to read that Brad is convinced about the ambition of the club, because I think that there's one or two Vital Villans who remain unconvinced at this moment in time.
glensider
27/07/2008 19:33:00
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Koolbill - agreed we do need a top quality attacking MF to play in the middle of the park! At the moment though. Defence is clearly weak - and no doubt M'ON will be looking to address that now, esp with the ITC out the way! With some luck, the Guzan transfer move is completed, and that will be the GK position sorted! That will also be 4 signings so far, almost making up for the departed player. I predict there will be atleast 6 players coming in by the first game of the season! GK, RB, CB, LF, CM, FW.
JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
27/07/2008 19:58:00
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Agreed JOHN.CAREWS.CREW. A lot of work to be done by MON to get this squad of ours up to speed. There is no way that as things stand this squad will be capable of standing up to all that the upcoming season will throw at them. Certainly defensive wise, we remain a shambles. Needs sorting Martin, and quickly!
glensider
28/07/2008 11:21:00
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