Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini has just penned a new deal at White Hart Lane, which will keep him at the club until 2011. He has come a long way since his accident last November and Spurs deserve credit for standing by the player.
The former Chelsea keeper was involved in a horror motorcycle accident at the back end of last year. Although he may have been guilty of a breach of contract the club’s immediate concern was for the player’s health and future.
Cudicini’s injuries were serious and were described as being potentially “life changing.” He received pelvic damage and fractured both of his wrists after coming off of his high-performance motorcycle.
Thankfully the Italian’s injuries were not more serious, but it could easily have been much worse and one would have to question whether it was a breach of contract or not. Spurs officials were allegedly unaware that the 36-year-old owned a motorcycle and there is nothing in the player’s contract which says that usage of such machines is forbidden. However, like all professional footballers in England the goalkeeper has a clause in his contract which states that he should not be involved in activities that affect his ability to train or play in matches.
The keeper, who signed from Chelsea in the January 2009 transfer window, has now made a successful recovery and will be looking to repay Spurs’ faith in him with his performances. He is taking steps to improve his fitness and sharpness ahead of a new campaign by working closely with club goalkeeping coach Tony Parks.
The Lilywhites’ manager Harry Redknapp has praised Cudicini’s professionalism since his horror accident and is said to be delighted to have his number two keeper back on the training pitch.
Redknapp speaking to the club’s official website said: “It is great to see Carlo out on the training pitch again after everything he has been through. He is coming on fantastic and training well.
“If anyone was going to come back from something like this it would be him.”
He then added: “He is dedicated, a top professional through and through, and has been there every Saturday to support the side.
“He has been brought up in the game – his father was a great goalkeeper at AC Milan and Carlo is exactly the same, a top-class person and professional.”
As a Chelsea fan I have many fond memories of our former number one and I feel that Spurs do deserve some credit for sticking by the player, keeping faith and securing his immediate future with a new deal. He’s an experienced campaigner and still has a lot to offer to the north London club…I don’t even know why we let him go, I’d prefer Cudicini to Henrique Hilario(us) any day.
Cudicini’s new deal will probably put an end to the rumours linking Portsmouth captain David James reunion with his former boss Redknapp as Spurs have remained loyal to their Italian keeper. The player’s recovery from injury is just one of many positives for Spurs lately as they have an exciting summer to look forward to, new stadium plans have been announced and they have the possibility of rubbing shoulders with Europe’s elite next season.
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