Ledley King has hinted he may be forced to take up a non-playing role with Tottenham next season.

 

King’s career has been beset by knee problems, with the former England international playing 22 league games for his boyhood club last season.

 

The 31-year-old’s contract is up this summer and he could leave Spurs if he fails to come to an agreement with the club he first appeared for back in 1999, most likely over a pay-as-you-play contract.

 

King underwent a ‘minor procedure’ on his knee last month having picked up a knock in training that kept him out from April, and admits he has numerous options on the table from the north London club which could see him retire form football.

 

"I had a really good start to last season and was pleased to play as many games as I did,” he told Tottenhamhotspur.com.

 

“A knock in training set me back towards the end, but I opted to carry on playing rather than take the time out to have the knee seen to. Unfortunately that meant that I didn’t play the last few games at the standard I would have liked.

 

"I’ve been discussing things with the Club and my contract expires this summer. The Club has 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 has been the only Club for me and if I can’t play here then I shall look to be involved in another capacity."

 

Tottenham suffered an injury crisis at the heart of their defence last season, with William Gallas, Younes Kaboul and Michael Dawson all spending lengthy spells on the sidelines, prompting manager Harry Redknapp to seek reinforcements this summer, with Ajax’s Jan Vertonghen a target.

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