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Spurs captain King extends stay at Lane

Tottenham's England defender Ledley King insists his long-term future at the club was never in doubt.

King signed a new four-year contract today to end months of speculation over his White Hart Lane career.

The defender's previous contract was due to expire at the end of next season and King had been linked with big-money moves to Liverpool and Chelsea.

But following months of talks with chairman Daniel Levy, the 25-year-old will remain at the club until 2010.

King has forged an excellent partnership with Michael Dawson at the heart of the Tottenham defence this season but is currently fighting to get fit in time to make England's World Cup squad for Germany this summer.

He broke a metatarsal against Everton last month but is confident he will have recovered in time to be selected by coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Despite the speculation over his future and the length of time it has taken to finalise the new deal, King stressed he was always eager to stay.

King declared: 'The new deal has taken a while to sort out, but there was never any question about me staying - I just wanted to ensure all the details were absolutely right.

'I want to captain this club in what is hopefully going to be a very successful period.

'This club has some great times ahead of it and I want to be part of it. We are obviously desperate to get fourth spot and make the Champions League next season, but even if we miss out, it has still been our best season for quite some time.

'We will have European football at White Hart Lane whatever and that is something we should be guaranteeing every year.

'We have a great squad of players who are young, hungry and want to win things. We also have a great manager who has given us a lot of confidence and belief in the way we play.'

Club captain King is the longest-serving member of the current squad and his decision to sign a new deal delighted boss Martin Jol.

The Dutchman was aware of the growing interest in King as he approached the end of his contract, but the club were determined not to allow a repeat of the Sol Campbell affair which saw the former Tottenham defender move to Arsenal on a free transfer at the end of his contract.

Jol said: 'We know that so many other clubs would love to lure him from us so we are really pleased he has agreed a new deal.'