Carlo Cudicini flying again after Tottenham move

28 January 2009 09:20
He was allowed to leave Stamford Bridge, after 10 years' service, on a free transfer and was given his Spurs debut, at the age of 35, at home to Stoke on Tuesday.

"Ten years are a lot but there is always the time when you think it is the time to move and I think this is the right time," said Cudicini. "I had the chance to join a big club like Tottenham and I am really looking forward to it. I don't regret anything. I just want to look forward and not back.

"I didn't think about the fact that I have swapped a title challenge for a battle at the bottom," he added. "I had the chance to join a great club and that is the most important thing. Of course the situation is not the best – nobody was expecting that – but we are in the situation that we will can come out of."

Cudicini played against Stoke as first-choice Heurelho Gomes was injured. Gomes could be fit to return against Bolton, leaving manager Harry Redknapp with a difficult decision to make.

"I was not given any assurances about my place," insisted Cudicini. "We will fight every morning – a fair fighting, of course – and whoever is best will play. I think it is the same at every club. I hope I will be playing more than at Chelsea.

"Gomes is a great goalkeeper and we enjoyed training together the other day and we will do it till the end of the season. And whoever is going to play will have the support of the other guy."

The battle to survive appears to have whetted Cudicini's appetite. "I have been in a relegation battle before, with Castel di Sangro before I joined Chelsea, so I know what I am talking about. The quality is there. The team has got great players with great qualities."

Source: Telegraph