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Sep 17, 2012

Friedel has no problem with Lloris

Brad Friedel has insisted there is no problem between himself and Hugo Lloris after the Frenchman's arrival, claiming the fight for a Tottenham starting role between the two is "healthy".

The signing of Lloris, 25, has been clouded by controversy, with Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas sticking by Friedel, 41, for the visit to Reading on Sunday, despite the France captain expecting to slot straight into the team.

Villas-Boas stated that Lloris would have to fight for his place due to the form of Friedel, something which drew criticism from France manager Didier Deschamps.

However, Friedel says he has no qualms about the fight for the No. 1 spot, which also includes Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini.

"Hugo has come in and is a really nice person,'' Friedel told talkSPORT. "He's a super goalkeeper but we have two other really good goalkeepers in Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini. We have friendly, and healthy, competition for places. Hopefully we will have long runs in all the cup competitions and there's going to be plenty of matches to share around.''

Lloris, who was among the substitutes on Sunday, says he was content to sit out the 3-1 win, but admits he does expect to be playing soon.

"I am in an adaptation period, I've had very few training sessions, and there are players that I didn't know. But I am expecting time on the pitch,'' Lloris told L'Equipe. "Things were very clear from the start on Sunday. I was at the disposal of (Tottenham goalkeeping coach) Tony Parks and Brad Friedel.

"That pitch, that atmosphere, that gives you desire to play. Moreover we got three points that made us start our season. For me, it is a period to manage. Obviously I have desire. I came here to play. I am at the club, I know where I have to go to. I had a talk with the coach, as he said, and I know everyone at Tottenham wanted me to come.''

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