Ledley King has announced his retirement from football due to long-term injury, but has revealed he will be staying at Tottenham as a club ambassador.
The 31-year-old joined Spurs, who are 15/8 with bookmaker to finish in the top four of the Premier League next season, at the age of 14. He rose to become club captain, but chronic knee problems have prevented him from training and playing more than one game a week in recent seasons.
The former England defender has now chosen to finally hang up his boots, four years after it became clear how serious his injury was.
“I know that being a one-club man is a rarity these days, but I have always enjoyed being part of the set-up here and the challenge of putting this club up with the elite where it should be,” King told Tottenham’s official website.
“I would like to say thank you to everyone at the club and to the fans. I have missed a lot of football over the years, but the Spurs fans have always been patient and incredibly supportive with me during difficult periods. Sadly my injuries and inability to train have now finally brought an end to my career.”