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Friedel Requests Ewood Exit

Friedel Requests Ewood Exit

Blackburn goalkeeper Brad Friedel has today requested to leave Ewood Park and speak with Aston Villa and Man City.

The Blackburn legend has made it clear to new manager Paul Ince that he is keen to speak with other clubs.

In the last 48 hours, John Williams and Paul Ince have rejected bids from both clubs for the in-demand 37-year-old, who only signed a new two-year deal in February.

However, with Friedel making it clear he would like to move on, Rovers are left in a tough spot.

The chairman told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph: 'We've had two bids for Brad, despite my insistence to the clubs concerned we didn't want them. They've been rejected.

'When Brad told us he wanted to leave, it was a bolt out of the blue - he had only signed his latest contract back in February, and a replacement keeper has not even been on our radar.

'It's an unwelcome situation for us, and particularly for Paul, who has been concentrating on other targets, as well as assessing our squad and bedding in his new backroom staff.

'We are very keen for Brad to stay but to deny him the move he clearly wants after a lengthy stint with the club is difficult.

'We know we have good players and are constantly rejecting unwanted overtures, but it's particularly difficult to accept players leaving for clubs in and around us in the league.

'We have told Brad that, in any event, we cannot even consider a move for him, unless we can satisfy both our football and commercial requirements.

'Looking at the market for proven keepers, we haven't got a bid that anywhere near meets the commercial part of the equation.

'I know some observers will feel that we should take Brad's age and service into account, but it's not that simple.

'We have not earmarked any funds for the goalkeeping department. Why would we?

'And on the football side, Brad Friedels don't grow on trees.

'If he doesn't get his move, although disappointed, Brad is the ultimate professional and I am confident he will remain focused on Rovers.

'But there's no point in denying that this is a tricky situation.'

The reason for the move is no doubt money, Villa and Man City are both ready to offer more money than Rovers could afford.

That prompted Ince to offer Friedel an improved contract this week, but with the big man ready to go elsewhere, it does appear as if Villa is his preffered destination.

Bad news for Rovers for sure, but I wish Brad all the success wherever he may end up. He has been a magnificent servant for the club and is a living legend.

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

Date:Friday July 18 2008
Time: 12:33PM


What bad news. Good luck Brad, I just cant help but shed a tear.
18/07/2008 12:36:00
Yep - I'm gutted
18/07/2008 12:43:00
I echo the sentiments already stated. Maybe we should all wear black arms bands for the first home game. Or lay reefs at the gates of Ewood Park?
Decimus Poole
18/07/2008 13:00:00
As I have said in a previous post sorry guys. I just hope we get him now though and that he doesnt go to City.
18/07/2008 13:06:00
I will always keep the faith and see the good in things. We will come through this and move on with a younger goalie but I echo the sentiment again... a bad, bad day.
18/07/2008 13:16:00
You Rovers fans are an inspiration. You've had the very best of Brad Friedel and none of you begrudge him the move. You will get someone younger and fitter, which is obviously better in the long term. At the end of the day, you're a big club and therefore you'll see it through either way.
18/07/2008 13:44:00
im surprised by this as i never had him down as the 'mercenary' type - if it is the money tempting him... is it the lure of one last pay off before he retires that is wanting him to leave or do you just think that it is purely footballing reasons? either way he will be a big loss for you as much like jamo for us he is a big player for you...
18/07/2008 13:54:00
"The reason for the move is no doubt money, Villa and Man City are both ready to offer more money than Rovers could afford. "

What a load of nonsense I'm afraid chaps.

The general consensus on our Vital site (no pun) is that Friedel may well be being brought to Villa Park (assuming he joins) is to act as 1-2 year #1 keeper, and to bring through current US#2 Brad Guzan. Not to mention the reported links that Randy Lerner may help Brad set up his American-Soccer schools so that he has something post playing career. Given that the bloke could have no dobut moved long before now, I'm almost stunned you try to shoe-horn him into a "typical money hungry mercanary" stereotype.
18/07/2008 13:56:00
Its the soccer schools that swung it I think, he has some out there already but I think he is hoping to expand that with Randys help. Cant blame him for that he is 37 and is probably thinking of life after football.
18/07/2008 14:07:00
I echo the sentiments of murph and Tez. I read somewhere that Friedal was intersted in a move to Villa as their chairman has connections in the US to help develop his soccor school. Brad does not seem the type to move for money reasons. He is loved, nay worshipped by the Blackburn faithful, and I presume it was not a decision he took lightly.
Decimus Poole
18/07/2008 15:03:00
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