King's reign to continue - Redknapp

King's reign to continue - Redknapp

Published Feb. 21, 2010 3:40 a.m. ET

Harry Redknapp is confident club captain Ledley King will still be at Tottenham next season, despite ongoing doubts over his fitness.

King's current deal expires in the summer and reports suggest the long-serving defender will be offered a new 12-month contract by Spurs.

Doubts had been raised over King's long-term future, with the 29-year-old unable to play two games in a week on a regular basis or undertake a full role in training.

However, Redknapp has soothed any concerns that the centre-half could leave the club by insisting there is 'no way' King will be moving on.

"He'll be here next season, for sure," said Redknapp.

"I don't know where he's at with the negotiations, but there's no way he'll go. He's up there with the best centre-halves in the country.

"Ledley has been here since he was a boy and you have to look after people like that."

Redknapp also wants to see King, who has not played for England since 2007, earn a place in Fabio Capello's squad for the World Cup finals.

He added: "I don't want any aggro with the England people, but I want to see him go to the World Cup whatever it takes.

"I think he'd be a fantastic player to have in the squad."