King keen to stay at Spurs

Ledley King maintains he would not consider following Sol Campbell in walking out on Tottenham at the end of his contract.

The 25-year-old Spurs captain came through the youth ranks at White Hart Lane and is now also an integral part of Sven-Goran Eriksson’s England squad.

The versatile 6ft 2in centre-half can also play a holding role in midfield and has been in excellent form despite carrying a persistent groin injury.

King has more than two years to run on his current contract, but talks on an extension are ongoing after he turned down an increase in wages, thought to be in the region of around £35,000 (€51,100) a week.

Spurs are keen to avoid a repeat of what happened with Campbell, who quit to join rivals Arsenal on a free transfer in the summer of 2001.

“What Sol did does not affect my thinking at all,” King insisted. “Sol is his own person and he felt the move was right for him.

“He moved clubs and has gone on to achieve great things, but I am a different person.

“I have got two and a half years left and I see no reason why I will not still be a Spurs player. There are no other thoughts in my mind about anything other than playing my football at Tottenham.”

Campbell’s form has dipped noticeably this season, with a recent ankle injury preventing the 31-year-old from returning to action following a leave of absence after his disappointing display against West Ham.

King is one of the players in competition with Campbell for a place in England’s World Cup squad – but the Spurs captain hopes both will team up in Germany.

“I have not had any contact with Sol since the last international, but I know him quite well and he is a strong character,” King said.

“Whatever problems he has had, he will bounce back. People forget that footballers can have problems away from football and it can affect their performance on the pitch.

“It is normal as we are only human. I am sure he will bounce back stronger.

“Sol is a massive presence and his experience will help others. He has been in the last few tournaments and been England’s best player. We should not forget that.

“I have got no doubts he will be at the World Cup.”

As for his own chances of making it, King added: “I just want to go to the World Cup. It does not matter where.

“Obviously, I play my club football at centre-back. That is where I do my work and my preferred position, but if the manager thinks he can use me in a different position to help the team, it is something I could look at.

“I am just concentrating on my own form and try to do the best I can. That is all I can do, really.”

King was in north-west London today to mark the official announcement of Carlsberg as a founding partner at the new Wembley Stadium.

If things continue to go to plan for Martin Jol’s side, King could soon be back at the new 90,000-seater stadium competing for his club as well as England.

Spurs face Wigan on Sunday in a re-arranged Barclays Premiership clash at White Hart Lane, where they will be looking to consolidate their position in the Champions League positions.

“At the beginning of the season we would have taken a top-six finish, but the way it has gone, we would be disappointed not to finish fourth,” said King.

“But the next thing we have got to do is continue and make sure it is not just one season.

“We have got a young squad and needed to believe that we were good enough to achieve things.

"The manager has instilled that in us and the players believe we are good enough and can go on to achieve great things.

“I would love to come to Wembley with Spurs and lift a trophy. That would be amazing.”

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