Ledley King is determined to play enough games in what he admits is the biggest season of his career to earn a new contract at Tottenham.
His contract is up at the end of the season and must play 20 games if he is to be handed a new deal by Tottenham.
He said: “This is my biggest season at Spurs yet.
“It is the first time I have been in a situation like this – when my contract is up. So it is a big season.
“I have to prove I am still worth it. I can’t see myself pulling on a shirt for anybody else at this stage of my career – although a player can never say never.
“At the end of the day, I just want to stay fit and if I can play, let’s see what position that puts me in at the end of the season.
“It is down to me to play the games. If I don’t play enough games, it is a difficult position.
“We will see what the situation is when all is said and done. If I get to 20 [games], I am not going to stop! I will keep playing as many as I can.
“At the moment I am just trying to bed in, get a bit of fitness and hopefully not get any niggles. If I can do that, I can get stronger and keep playing.”
King admits it can be frustrating for him to spend most of his time in the gym and pool preparing for a game.
“I have to work in the gym to keep everything strong and spend time in the swimming pool. It is only that I don’t get on the field,” he said.
“Harry sees me on the field just the day before the game, which is why he says I do nothing.
“But the manager gives me a lot of confidence. He believes in me and it is nice that, if I can get myself right and keep myself fit, he still gives me the opportunity to go out and play. Some managers wouldn’t, so I am grateful he stuck by me.
“It is only three games at the moment, so I have got to keep working hard and stay fit for the rest of the season.
“Last season I had a groin problem and have worked hard over the summer to get that right.
“Then I came back feeling good about the groin and the knee needed a bit of a clean-up again. That messed up my pre-season and obviously knocked me back.
“I was hoping to get a proper pre-season in this year, but that didn’t happen, so I have had to build back up again. Hopefully it is behind me now.”
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