Aston Villa and Brad Friedel Begin Contract Negotiations

JackmanContributor IApril 4, 2011

Brad joined in 2008 from Blackburn Rovers
Brad joined in 2008 from Blackburn Rovers

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel has opened talks with Aston Villa to negotiate a new contract. 

Manager Gerard Houllier had made it clear he wanted to talk with Brad about negotiating a new contract.

The veteran keeper has had an impressive season, making 34 appearances for the club. He is not to blame for the side's shaky form, and although they are at the bottom of the table, Brad is happy and happy to stay. 

He is a valuable asset to the Villa side despite his age. Aston Villa are keen to hold on to their oldest player and he shows no signs of wanting to leave.

His current contract expires this summer, but according to the club and his agent, talks are going very well.

"We are in talks over a new contract. Brad is very happy at Villa," Friedel's agent, Tony McGill, said earlier today, according to ESPNsoccernet.

This is a good sign for the Villa team and the Premier League keeping a veteran player like Friedel, who has played 505 games on English soil and is extremely experienced.

The other first-team goalkeeper, 35-year-old veteran Andy Marshall, recently signed a new five-year contract with the club.