Former Manchester United keeper Tim Howard has blasted Brad Freidel in his upcoming book, but his USA teammate has hit back at the ‘ludicrous’ allegations…
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Brad Friedel has rubbished claims that he tried to block USA teammate Tim Howard’s move to Manchester United, reports ITV.
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In Howard’s upcoming book, the Everton shot-stopper accuses his compatriot of attempting to sabotage his switch from the Metrostars to Old Trafford.
The 34-year-old claims that not only had Friedel refused to sign a statement endorsing his move, but that he had actively tried to block the transfer by suggesting that he shouldn’t be given a work permit.
The former Aston Villa man branded the allegations “ludicrous” however, and hit back out at his countryman for the allegations.
The 43-year-old keeper stated that he was asked to sign a letter of support, but refused to do so due to a number of inaccuracies.
“It was sent to me, and the only thing that was true on it was my name. The letter was full of exaggerations that the people on the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) and appeals committee would have seen through,” he said.
“It said that I had been in direct competition with Tim Howard for the starting job on the US national team for the last two years, when anyone who follows (US) soccer knew it was between Kasey (Keller) and I.
“Yes, I refused to sign that. We got the letter and said ‘We have to change this, because this isn’t true.’ We made our changes and sent it back. They didn’t like what I was going to sign, so they didn’t use it. And that was the end of the matter.”
Friedel is currently the oldest player in the Premier League, with the USA international sure to retire soon. He has spent the last few years at White Hart Lane playing second fiddle to Hugo Lloris, despite being an ever present and the undisputed No. 1 at Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers for over a decade before his move.