Date: 29th July 2008 at 6:10pm
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Brad Friedel has admitted that one of the reasons for joining Villa was the European aspects.

Friedel watched on from the stands as Villa secured a UEFA Cup spot by beating Odense 3-2 on aggregate.

The draw for the second round takes place on Friday in Switzerland.

Speaking on the official site. our new goalkeeper said:

‘I was at the game on Saturday and it was tremendous to see 31,000 people turn up for an Intertoto Cup tie. I was thankful for the reception that I got at half-time.

‘The boys did well to get through into the UEFA Cup because I know they worked really hard all through last season to finish sixth.

‘Sixth would generally get you into the UEFA Cup automatically but this year Villa had to enter the Intertoto Cup and it would have been a shame to have been knocked out in the first round.

‘But the players did really well and now we can hopefully look forward to a decent European campaign.’

Speaking about the club in general and motivations for his move, he admitted:

‘The European campaign was one of the things that appealed to me but there are a lot of things about this football club that were very appealing to me.

‘When I started speaking with Aston Villa it was easy to see why a lot of people are talking about this club.

‘People are becoming very inquisitive about the things that are going on around here. I think this is going to be a very exciting place to be.’

When it comes to the Villa, there’s rarely a dull moment!