Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel has slammed former France international and Manchester United goalkeeper Fabien Barthez following his comments that suggested Hugo Lloris should be the first-choice goalkeeper with the club.
The situation at Spurs is a tense one, with four goalkeepers on the books competing to be starter. While Friedel is reaching the end of his career at the age of 41, he has been performing well this season for the club, which acquired Lloris, France's captain, at the end of the summer transfer window.
Lloris' compatriot Barthez suggested that the choice is a simple one, telling Le Parisien: "Lloris is one of the five best goalkeepers in the world. 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 centerpiece for the club.
"Hugo is a calm guy, a good worker. Tottenham will not let him stay on the bench for a long time."
The comments were not received well by the American keeper, who expressed his feelings about Barthez' remarks on Twitter.
"Just saw barthez comments," Friedel (@friedel_b) tweeted. "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."
Friedel has started all four of Tottenham's league games this season, extending his Premier League record to 308 consecutive appearances. Lloris started the club's UEFA Europa League match with Lazio Thursday, earning the clean sheet in the 0-0 draw.