Spurs set to give “10 games” King a new deal
Harry Redknapp has revealed Tottenham will offer stalwart defender Ledley King a new contract.
King’s deal expires in the summer and his future at White Hart Lane was in doubt when the Spurs manager intimated the club skipper would have to play 20 games this season to extend his stay.
The central defender’s career has been blighted by lengthy spells on the treatment table due to chronic knee problems.
But King has made 11 appearances for Spurs this season and is yet to end up on the losing team.
And Redknapp said: ‘I’d always give him a contract — it wouldn’t be a question.
In good form: Ledley King in action for Tottenham against Fulham back in November
‘If it’s me, it’s not a problem, he’d be here forever — he’s part of the furniture, he’s a big part of this club and I’m sure the chairman as well will make sure he looks after him.
‘I don’t see Ledley leaving here, he hasn’t got to play 20 games. I felt that if he’s not going to play that amount of games, from a playing point of view it becomes difficult.
‘But if he plays 12, 14 or 16 I don’t think anyone’s going to go, “Well you didn’t reach 20”.
‘I think there’s enough good will towards Ledley here for what he’s been and what he is. And if he only plays 10 games, the chances are you might win those 10.’
Redknapp also said he believed Thierry Henry’s experience will boost Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League.
Stalwart: King clashes with Daniel Sturridge during Tottenham”s clash with Chelsea last week
‘It’s fantastic for them,’ he said. ‘He is one of the great players in the history of the Premier League.’
Gareth Bale will return to his native Wales to face Swansea today after an excellent week which has seen his value rocket further.
The 22-year-old rightly earned high praise for tearing Norwich apart on Tuesday night in a 2-0 win which put Tottenham seven points off the top of the table with a match in hand.
Rather than worry about any pressure lauding Bale will have on the player, Redknapp continues to lavish praise on his star.
‘He is a boy who thrives on confidence,’ said Redknapp. ‘You would rather have the manager tell you how good you are than the other way around.’