White Hart Lane ‘one club man’ has no intention of playing for another team.
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Ledley King ready to retire if he can’t secure Spurs deal
Ledley King has revealed he will retire if his fitness concerns mean he is unable to earn a new contract at Spurs.
The central defender is just 31, but he is considering calling time on his playing career after suffering a succession of injury problems in recent years.
One thing the former England international is certain about is that Spurs are the only club for him.
‘I’ve been discussing things with the club and my contract expires this summer,’ he told Tottenham’s official website.
‘The club have been fantastic in supporting me and given me several options to stay involved with Tottenham. I shall take a view with them pre-season on my future.
‘Tottenham have been the only club for me and if I can’t play here then I shall look to be involved in another capacity.’
Whilst Ledley King should of course be applauded for wishing to remain at Tottenham, the club he has represented since the age of 16, perhaps his unwavering commitment to the North London club could cost him another shot at a career elsewhere.
Clearly the 31 year old’s knee injuries are well documented but when the England international has been available he has proven himself a very reliable customer and perhaps he still had a season or two in the tank for a club who is willing to offer him a playing deal and that perhaps a move into coaching is too early to consider for the Stepney born centre-back.
Ledley King started 21 of 38 Premier League games, of those games Tottenham won 12, drew 4 and lost five. Compare that to the 17 games he didn’t take part in, Tottenham winning five, drawing five and losing five and you can see that Harry Redknapp’s side are clearly a better unit when the veteran defender is on board.
Tottenham’s decision to hold off on any offer may well be in connected to their attempts to seal the signing of Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen, which Sky Sports reports is almost a done deal.