By ESPNSTAR.com staff
There has been much controversy in recent times over Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas' decision to continually select Friedel over French custodian Hugo Lloris in goal.
With Spurs gearing up to face City on Sunday, Villas-Boas will once again have to make the difficult choice of deciding who to play in goal, although many believe the former Lyon player should be selected ahead of the ageing American.
Hart however believes Friedel has done more than enough to deserve his spot in the first team and claims that not many players will be able to reach the high standards that the 41-year-old has set throughout his career.
"Brad's a shining light and a great example," Hart was quoted as saying by the official Manchester City website.
"What he is done is pretty special, something I don't think many people will be able to achieve.
"He's done great things and I don't think age really concerns him."
Hart himself has been in stellar form recently, although the 25-year-old custodian refused to speculate on if he would be able to emulate Friedel's longevity in top flight football.
"At the moment, I just want to get to 26 if I'm honest," Hart added.
"I don't really look into the future that much - I never have done and never will do.
"Yes, of course, I want to play every game.
"I've got lots of years left on my contract and I want to fulfil them and hopefully carry on."
For now, Hart is just concentrating on ensuring that his side would be able to continue showing the solidarity in defence shown in recent times which has yielded three clean sheets in their last four games.
"We needed those clean sheets," the England international admitted.
"We had been conceding too many - far too many for the kind of team that we are, but unfortunately that's how football goes.
"Hopefully we can keep the run that we are in at the moment in the Premier League - concede as few and score as many as we can."
Although Spurs suffered a blip in their last league outing where they fell to a 1-0 loss to Wigan at White Hart Lane, Hart is not taking anything for granted and warned that the Lilywhites would be more than capable of causing the Citizens problems.
"They're a good team, they've had a few different results recently, but when they play well they are a good team, just the same as us," Hart declared.
"They've got good striking options too with Manu [Emmanuel] Adebayor returning, but so have we, so I think it will be a good game.
"But I believe we can beat anyone when we are at our best."
City are currently third in the table on 22 points while Spurs are three places behind the Etihad Stadium outfit on 17 points.