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Villas-Boas rules out Rovers return for Friedel

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Brad Friedel remains one of Tottenham's 'best assets' © PA Photos
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Andre Villas-Boas insists there is no chance that Tottenham will let keeper Brad Friedel return to Blackburn.

Friedel has not played since Spurs' defeat to Manchester City on November 11, with Hugo Lloris starting the last five games.

This has prompted speculation that the American could be on his way back to Ewood Park, where he spent eight seasons between 2000 and 2008.

Friedel's record run of 310 consecutive Premier League games was ended in October, but Villas-Boas insists there is still no pecking order for the goalkeepers.

"Brad's been excellent, I spoke to him and he has been such an important player," Villas-Boas said in the Sun. "Rotation has not been on performance, as I have explained before - as both keepers have been excellent.

"It gives me the ability at any time to throw a different keeper into the game. I don't know anything about Blackburn interest.

"We are trying to hold on to our best assets. I said it in the case of Gareth Bale and it is the same with Brad too."

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