CARLO Cudicini is determined to earn a contract extension at Tottenham and keep repaying the club for the faith they showed in him when he was recovering from the horrific motorbike accident that almost ended his career.
The arrival of Brad Friedel this summer means Cudicini has not played a Premier League game since last season, but the Italian has enjoyed a string of starts in the Europa League.
Despite being 38, the Italian signed a one-year contract extension in the summer and has performed well in Europe.
His performances have been all the more remarkable given that his career was nearly brought to an end two years ago when he was left with two broken wrists and a shattered pelvis following a motorbike crash in London.
Manager Harry Redknapp urged Daniel Levy to sign Cudicini up for another year last week and the veteran stopper would be delighted if he stayed at White Hart Lane to help develop a Spurs squad he thinks is destined for great things.
"At 38, year by year, you try to deserve a new contract so that's what I'm trying to do," said Cudicini, who will start in goal in their Group A clash against PAOK Salonika tonight.
"I still have the motivation to try to get into the first team. If you don't have that at 38, it's better for you to play golf every day instead. You need to have that motivation.
"I am happy here. Of course, everyone would like to play more games but I can be happy, I have everything."
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