Out with the old and in with the new. That appears to be the policy adopted by Harry Redknapp this summer as looks set to wave goodbye to injury ravaged captain Ledley King and welcome Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen to White Hart Lane. The Belgian internationals signing, which could be seen as a major coup, certainly indicates that Redknapp has the backing of the Spurs board as he prepares his squad for another Champions League challenge next season. At 25-years-old Vertonghen must be viewed as a long-term replacement for King, who’s staring down the barrel of retirement at just 31, and shows that the North Londoners still have a huge appeal to quality players despite missing out on Europe’s elite competition. Acquisitions of that magnitude will also bode well for Redknapp as he strives to keep Gareth Bale and Luka Modric at the club whilst scouring the continental markets in search of players that will secure them a place in the Premier League top four once again.
This week on FFC questions are posed as to whether Redknapp has taken Spurs as far as he can and could Rafael Van Der Vaart be heading to Germany in the summer?
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“I’ve been discussing things with the club and my contract expires this summer. The club has been fantastic in supporting me and given me several options to stay involved with Tottenham. I shall take a view with them pre-season on my future.
“Tottenham has been the only club for me and if I can’t play here then I shall look to be involved in another capacity.” Ledley King admits he wants to stay at Spurs and could take on a non-playing role next season