Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp looks certain to hand captain Ledley King a new contract at White Hart Lane, despite indications that he may not feature in the minimum number of 20 games required to fulfil a informal agreement for a new contract at the club.
Redknapp had previously suggested that King would only be offered a renewed deal at the club if he could prove he was on the way to recovery by featuring in at least 20 games, but the Spurs boss now believes that his importance to the future of the club outweighs any informal criteria that had previously been suggested.
King has suffered from a chronic knee injury that has destabilised his last few years at the club, preventing the capped international from training regularly with the first team. However, King’s ability to perform to excellent levels on match day have kept him an influential member of the squad, and he now looks likely to be offered the chance to extend his stay.
“He’s part of the furniture,” Redknapp revealed recently. “He’s a big part of this football club and I’m sure the chairman knows that as well.
“I’m sure he will look after him, I don’t think anyone’s going to go: ‘Well you didn’t reach 20’. There’s enough goodwill towards Ledley here for what he’s been through and what he is.
“If he only plays 10 games, the chances are you might win the 10.”
King has made a total of 258 appearances for Tottenham having begun his career with the club in 1998. More than a decade of loyalty now looks likely to be rewarded with a new deal that would see him carry on as one of the best paid players at White Hart Lane.