Friedel joined Blackburn in November 2000 on a free transfer
Aston Villa have signed American keeper Brad Friedel from Blackburn for an undisclosed fee - thought to be £2m.
The 37-year-old, also linked with Manchester City, has signed a three-year deal following talks with Villa manager Martin O'Neill.
"I've really got the feeling this club is going places and that's the main
reason why I'm here," said Friedel.
"I know there was a lot going on in the press about Manchester City but from
day one it was always Aston Villa."
Friedel made 287 appearances for Blackburn and was one of their outstanding performers last season.
But he was given permission to move to Villa Park after Rovers signed Paul Robinson from Tottenham as a replacement.
Martin was the main factor in my moving to Villa
"I'd been at Blackburn eight years and this was going to be my ninth season," said Friedel.
"The fans and everyone at the club have been terrific with me.
"In saying that I'm really excited to be here at Aston Villa. Being able to work with these players, with Martin O'Neill and with Mr (Randy) Lerner (club owner) is exciting for me."
Friedel added: "Martin was the main factor in my moving to Villa. I know a lot has been said about my Cleveland connection and my United States connection with Mr Lerner. I have spoken to him and he's a fantastic guy.
"But it was all down to Martin and the ambition of the club, also Martin's relationship with his chairman, the tremendous players here and the other players they want to bring in to make the squad bigger, stronger and better.
"Aston Villa were ever so professional in the manner that they dealt with everything and I couldn't be happier. I'm very pleased to be here.
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