The Tottenham keeper blasts the former Manchester United No.1 for stating that the France captain is better than his team-mate and will not be on the bench for a long time
While the American is approaching the end of his career at the age of 41, he has kept his place in Premier League football despite the £12 million deadline-day arrival of the Frenchman from Lyon.
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"He is faster than Friedel, he jumps higher, and he is very strong mentally. What is happening now is incomprehensible, but I am not concerned. He will become the centre-piece for the club.
"Hugo is a calm guy, a good worker. Tottenham will not let him stay on the bench for a long time."
But the comments seem to have upset the American keeper, who took to Twitter to highlight his issues with the former Manchester United man's comments.
"Just saw Barthez comments," Friedel wrote. "I normally don't comment on such crap, but when disrespected by someone I don't respect I must.
"Barthez was ignorant, disrespectful and out of order to mention my name."