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Ledley King insists Tottenham's season has not been a disaster

Ledley King speaking to Rags Martel at White Hart Lane. Photo: Luke Hurst

Ledley King has told ITV London News that Tottenham have coped well despite enduring a difficult season in the Premier League.

The former club captain spoke to ITV London News about Spurs' season so far, his upcoming testimonial and what the future holds for the club.

Spurs have experienced a turbulent season following the departure of Gareth Bale with many of their big-money signings failing to settle, but King said Spurs have maintained their focus well despite the upheaval.

"It has been a tricky season for the club in terms of hanging managers but through that I think we have maintained our focus to be in the top four and we are only two points off what we were last season which was our record number of points - I think that tells you that we haven't gone backwards."

"New players have come in and found it a little bit difficult but with a season under their belt they will be better for that."

Tim Sherwood, who replaced Andre Villas-Boas in December, has sparked controversy with his animated and outspoken management style but King insists the fans can relate to his passion.

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood. Credit: PA Wire

Speculation has mounted that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy could replace the former midfielder in the summer, with Louis Van Gaal, Mauricio Pochettino and Frank de Boer all heavily linked with the role.

"I think they see a young passionate manager who cares. The fans can relate to the passion and hopefully he does well." King added.

Ledley King spent his entire career at Spurs. Credit: PA Wire

Daniel Levy said a new stadium is a priority for the club after they lost out to West Ham in a bid to move in to the Olympic Stadium.

Spurs said earlier this week that they hoped to move into their new 58,000-capacity stadium in 2017, and King insists the decision will help his old side compete with the top teams.

"We have recently moved to a new training facility and the stadium is next in the plans. We want to compete with the top teams and a stadium is a vital part of that. We are a well-supported club and it would be no problem getting the extra fans in," he added.

Spurs hope to move to a new 58,000-capacity stadium. Credit: Tottenham Hotspur

During his 323 appearances for the club, King led the team to League cup glory in 2008 and helped Spurs qualify for the Champions League for the first time.

King, who spent his entire career at the north London club was forced to retire in the summer of 2012 after suffering with injuries for a number of years.

Ledley King pictured at White Hart Lane today. Credit: Luke Hurst

The former captain will lead a Guest X1 against the current first team on May 12 in a celebration of his decorated career and King admits it will an emotional occasion.

Asked what emotions he will experience as he steps out onto the pitch again, King replied: "It will be emotional. I never really got to think about his last time on the pitch as a player so it will be nice to go out there one more time and for the fans to know it will be my last time."

Watch the full interview with Ledley King on ITV London at 6pm