Brad Friedel opens Aston Villa contract talks - agent

Brad Friedel
Friedel joined Villa for £2m in 2008 from Blackburn Rovers

Aston Villa have opened contract talks with veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

The American's current deal runs out this summer but Villa are keen to retain the services of the 39-year-old whose recent form has been excellent.

"We are in talks over a new contract. Brad is very happy at Villa," said Friedel's agent, Tony McGill.

Friedel signed for Villa in 2008 for £2m from Blackburn Rovers, who he had joined in November 2000 from Liverpool.

Villa manager Gerard Houllier had previously indicated he would talk to Friedel about a new deal before the season ended.

Friedel last week dismissed claims of a player mutiny at Villa following recent poor results

"If Brad was not happy, he would not be talking over a new contract," added McGill.

"I have spoken with [Villa] chief executive Paul Faulkner and talks are going very well indeed."

Villa's other first-team keeper Andy Marshall, 35, recently signed a 12-month contract.