Ledley King has revealed that Harry Redknapp attempted to coax him out of retirement with an offer to play for Queens Park Rangers last season, which he quickly declined.
King played 268 times for Tottenham Hotspur after graduating form the academy to make his first-team debit in 1998, but had his career blighted by a persistent knee problem which left him unable to train for months at a time.
The 32-year-old called time on his playing career at White Hart Lane last summer after admitting defeat in his bid to battle through the pain barrier, staying on with Spurs in an ambassadorial role.
King has revealed this afternoon that former Spurs boss Redknapp wanted him to attempt a return with QPR at Loftus Road last season, but it was an offer he never seriously considered.
He told ITV Sport: "I believe Redknapp tried to [get me to come out of retirement], but he didn't manage to get hold of me. I wouldn't have done it though.
"I played at Tottenham my whole life and it would have been a bit silly to try and come back knowing I can't do what I want, play the way I like to play. I have barely kicked a ball since I retired.
"And I also have got such a great affiliation with Tottenham, so I would like to leave it there."
During a 13-year professional career King played 21 times for his country, including brief appearances for England at both Euro 2004 and the 2010 World Cup.
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